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Twenty Years later - Flames 5, Penguins 2 - 03-10-12

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. 10, 1992.


The Penguins opened a two-game home stand at the Civic Arena. Right winger Rick Tocchet opened the scoring with a goal 4:35 into the game against goaltender Mike Vernon to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead. Defenseman Paul Stanton and left winger Kevin Stevens each recorded assists.

Late in the first period at 19:59, Tocchet struck again to make it a 2-0 game off assists from Stevens and defenseman Gordie Roberts.

A power-play goal by Stevens just 2:37 of the second period gave the Penguins a 3-0 lead. Assists went to center Mario Lemieux and right winger Jaromir Jagr.

At the 14:44 mark, left winger Gary Roberts scored his 40th goal of the season against goaltender Ken Wregget to get the Flames on the scoreboard. Defenseman Al MacInnis had the only assist.

Just over a minute later at 15:46, former Flames right winger Joe Mullen netted his 40th goal of the season off an assist from center Ron Francis.

At 13:03 of the third period, left winger Paul Ranheim scored the Flames' second goal off assists from right winger Theo Fleury and center Carey Wilson.

An empty-net goal by Lemieux at at 19:50 finished the scoring. Assists went to left winger Bob Errey and Gordie Roberts.

Notes:

-Wregget made 34 saves to record his first win with the Penguins.

-The three stars were 1.) Tocchet 2.) Stevens 3.) Penguins defenseman Kjell Samuelsson.

-Lemieux reached the 100-point mark for the seventh time in his career.

-At the NHL's trade deadline earlier that day, the Penguins dealt the rights hold-our right winger Scott Young to the Quebec Nordiques in exchange for defenseman Bryan Fogarty. The Penguins also traded backup goaltender Frank Pietrangelo to the Hartford Whalers in exchange for future considerations. Young and Pietrangelo were each members of the 1991 Stanley Cup championship team.

-The Penguins demoted right winger Jamie Leach and center Ken Priestlay to Muskegon of the IHL.

Statistics:

Player
Position
Games
Played
Goals Assists Points
Kevin Stevens, LW 67 44 60 104
Mario Lemieux, C 53 34 67 100
Joe Mullen, RW 67 40 38 78
Larry Murphy, D 65 18 44 62
Jaromir Jagr, RW 57 27 30 57
Rick Tocchet, RW 50 19 22 41
Ron Francis, C 57 16 25 41
Bob Errey, LW 65 15 14 29
Bryan Trottier, C 53 10 16 26
Troy Loney, LW 63 8 15 23
Gordie Roberts, D 61 2 21 23
Phil Bourque, LW 47 8 14 21
Jiri Hrdina, C 47 3 12 15
Kjell Samuelsson, D 62 4 10 14
Ulf Samuelsson, D 50 1 11 12
Ken Priestlay, C 50 2 8 10
Jamie Leach, RW 38 5 4 9
Paul Stanton, D 42 2 7 9
Jim Paek, D 46 1 6 7
Grant Jennings, D 43 2 2 4
Peter Taglianetti, D 44 1 3 4
Jeff Chychrun, D 33 0 3 3
Shawn McEachern, C 4 0 2 2
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 41 0 0 0

Patrick Division standings:


Record Points
Rangers 42-23-4 88
Capitals 39-23-7 85
Devils 34-24-9 77
Penguins 31-28-8 70
Islanders 29-31-8 66
Flyers 25-32-11 61

Also in the news that day:

-A 5-2 win by the Islanders against the Flyers at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. gave New York coach Al Arbour his 700th career victory.

-The Pirates acquired former all-star outfielder Kirk Gibson from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for former all-star pitcher Neal Heaton.

(Photos: Penguins Hockey Cards)

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