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Twenty Years Later - Penguins 7, Sharks 3 - 03-06-12

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' 6-2 win against the Flames, March. 6, 1992.


The Penguins extended a winning streak to three games at the Cow Palace in Daly City, Calif. Center Kelly Kisio gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead 3:38 into the game with a goal against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Assists went to defenseman Jay More and right winger Brian Mullen.

A power-play goal by right winger Rick Tocchet against goaltender Jarmo Myllys at 5:56 of the first period tied the game 1-1. Center Ron Francis and defenseman Larry Murphy had assists.

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The Penguins to a 2-1 lead at the 9:34 mark when Tocchet scored a shorthanded goal off an assist from center Mario Lemieux.

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Shortly after that at the 9:47 mark, a goal off a slapper by Lemieux made it 3-1. Defenseman Peter Taglianetti had the only assist.

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Left winger Bob Errey scored with a forehand wraparound 1:59 into the second period to give the Penguins a 4-1 lead off assists from center Shawn McEachern and Tocchet.

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Tocchet completed the hat trick at 16:49 off assists from Lemieux and defenseman Ulf Samuelsson.

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Just 10 seconds later at 16:59, Stevens scored with a backhander from the slot. Lemieux recorded the only assist.

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Mullen scored the Sharks' second goal on a power play at 16:59 off assists from rookie right winger Pat Falloon and center Dale Craigwell.

Just 3:03 into the third period, Falloon scored his 20th goal of the season to make it a 6-3 game. Defenseman Link Gaetz had the only assist.

At the 7:26 mark, Stevens scored his second goal of the game on a power play. The only assist was recorded by Murphy.

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Notes:

-Barrasso made 28 saves in the victory.

-The three stars were 1.) Tocchet 2.) Lemieux 3.) Stevens.

-The Penguins swept the three-game season series against the Sharks by a combined score of 25-5.

-Tocchet recorded his first goal - as well as hat trick - with the Penguins.

-McEachern's assist was his first career NHL point.

-Gaetz earned a game misconduct, an automatic 10-game misconduct and a $25,000 fine for leaving the penalty box after the final horn and punching Penguins left winger Troy Loney.

Statistics:

Player
Position
Games
Played
Goals Assists Points
Kevin Stevens, LW 65 43 56 99
Mario Lemieux, C 51 33 65 98
Joe Mullen, RW 65 39 38 77
Larry Murphy, D 63 17 44 61
Jaromir Jagr, RW 55 27 30 57
Ron Francis, C 55 16 24 40
Rick Tocchet, RW 49 16 22 38
Bob Errey, LW 63 15 13 28
Bryan Trottier, C 51 9 16 25
Troy Loney, LW 61 8 14 22
Phil Bourque, LW 45 8 14 21
Gordie Roberts, D 59 2 19 21
Jiri Hrdina, C 47 3 12 15
Kjell Samuelsson, D 60 4 10 14
Ulf Samuelsson, D 48 1 11 12
Ken Priestlay, C 50 2 8 10
Jamie Leach, RW 38 5 4 9
Paul Stanton, D 40 2 6 8
Jim Paek, D 46 1 6 7
Grant Jennings, D 43 2 2 4
Peter Taglianetti, D 44 1 3 4
Jeff Chychrun, D 31 0 3 3
Shawn McEachern, C 2 0 1 1
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 39 0 0 0

Patrick Division standings:


Record Points
Rangers 42-21-4 88
Capitals 37-23-7 81
Devils 34-23-9 77
Penguins 30-27-8 68
Islanders 27-30-8 62
Flyers 24-30-11 59

Also in the news that day:

-During a spring training game at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla., Pirates outfielder Barry Bonds suffered a hamstring injury while being picked off from first base. Second baseman Jose Lind went 1 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs for the Pirates.

(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards; Videos: Jay Korber)

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