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Twenty Years Later - Whalers 8, Penguins 4 - 02-27-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

"Twenty Years Later" is a segment with a highly unimaginative name which will appear on Empty Netters throughout the 2011-12 season. We will examine the Penguins' 1991-92 season which led to the second Stanley Cup title in franchise history. We will look back on games on a particular date and catch up with former players, coaches, executives and media members who were a part or around that team.

Today, we look at the Penguins' 8-4 loss to the Whalers, Feb. 27, 1992.


The Penguins extended a winless streak to four games at the Civic Arena. Center Murray Craven gave Hartford a 1-0 lead 4:20 into the game with a goal against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Assists went to former Penguins defenseman Zarley Zalapski and center Andrew Cassels.

Just over a minute later at 5:24 of the first period, right winger Joe Mullen tied the game, 1-1, with a power-play goal against goaltender Peter Sidorkiewicz. Defenseman Larry Murphy and center Mario Lemieux netted assists.

Defenseman Randy Ladouceur scored his first goal of the season late in the period at the 18:41 mark and gave the Whalers a 2-1 lead. Assists were credited to right winger Mark Hunter and Cassels.

At the 7:20 mark of the second period, center Geoff Sanderson scored off assists from right winger Mikael Andersson and left winger Bobby Holik and gave Hartford a 3-1 lead.

The Whalers took a 4-1 lead when Holik scored at 15:06 mark off assists from Ladouceur and Sanderson.

Center James Black scored the eventual game-winning goal at 4:53 of the third period on a power play against goaltender Ken Wregget. Zalapski and former Penguins center John Cullen were credited with assists.

Shortly after that at the 5:05 mark, Zalapski scored to put Hartford up 6-1. Cassels and Craven netted assists.

Mullen scored another power-play goal at 7:45 to make it a 6-2 game. Lemieux and former Whalers center Ron Francis recorded assists.

At 9:29, Craven scored his second goal of the game. It was unassisted.

Just over a minute later at 10:34, Murphy scored to make the score, 7-3. Right winger Rick Tocchet and left wingr Phil Bourque netted assists.

Defenseman Marc Bergevin scored another power-play goal at 13:17 off assists from defenseman Adam Burt and Cullen.

The game's final goal was scored by right winger Jaromir Jagr at 15:06. Murphy recorded the only assist.

Notes:

-Wregget made four saves and was credited with the loss.

-The three stars were 1.) Craven 2.) Zalapski 3.) Cassels.

Statistics:

Player
Position
Games
Played
Goals Assists Points
Kevin Stevens, LW 62 39 55 94
Mario Lemieux, C 49 30 61 92
Joe Mullen, RW 62 38 35 73
Larry Murphy, D 60 16 40 56
Jaromir Jagr, RW 52 25 29 54
Ron Francis, C 52 15 22 37
Rick Tocchet, RW 46 13 19 32
Bob Errey, LW 60 13 11 24
Bryan Trottier, C 48 9 13 22
Troy Loney, LW 59 8 14 22
Phil Bourque, LW 42 8 13 20
Gordie Roberts, D 56 2 18 20
Jiri Hrdina, C 46 3 12 15
Kjell Samuelsson, D 58 4 9 13
Ulf Samuelsson, D 46 1 10 11
Ken Priestlay, C 48 2 8 10
Jamie Leach, RW 38 5 4 9
Paul Stanton, D 39 2 6 8
Jim Paek, D 44 0 6 6
Grant Jennings, D 42 2 1 3
Peter Taglianetti, D 42 1 2 3
Jeff Chychrun, D 29 0 3 3
Gord Dineen, D 1 0 0 0
Glenn Mulvenna, C 1 0 0 0
Todd Nelson, D 1 0 0 0
Jeff Daniels, LW 2 0 0 0
Jay Caufield, RW 36 0 0 0

Patrick Division standings:


Record Points
Rangers 40-20-4 84
Capitals 37-21-5 79
Devils 32-20-9 73
Penguins 27-27-8 62
Islanders 26-28-7 59
Flyers 23-26-11 57

Also in the news that day:

-In his debut with the Kings, former Penguins defenseman Paul Coffey recorded an assist in a 4-2 defeat of the Kings at the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles.

(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)

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