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Twenty Years Later - Penguins 6, Oilers 5 - 03-17-12

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' win against the Oilers, March. 17, 1992.


The Penguins opened a two-game homestand at the Civic Arena. Left winger Kevin Stevens gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead late in the first period at the 18:26 mark with a power-play goal against goaltender Bill Ranford. Center Mario Lemieux and right winger Jaromir Jagr netted assists.

Just 2:29 into the second period, Phil Bourque made it a 2-0 game when he scored off assists from center Ron Francis and defenseman Jim Paek.

Former Penguins left winger Craig Simpson scored the Oilers' first goal at the 13:12 mark against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Right winger Scott Mellanby and defenseman Greg Hawgood recorded assists.

Edmonton tied the game, 2-2, wen center Craig MacTavish scored off assists from right winger Martin Gelinas and left winger Kelly Buchberger.

At the 17:59 mark, center Bernie Nicholls scored to give the Oilers a 3-2 lead. Left winger Vincent Damphousse recorded the lone assist.

The Oilers went up 4-2 when Buchberger scored a shorthanded goal at 4:36 of the third period. The only assist went to MacTavish.

Just over a minute later at 5:39, defenseman Larry Murphy scored to make it a 4-3 game. Assists went to right winger Joe Mullen and Stevens.

At the 7:46 mark, the Penguind tied the game, 4-4, on a power-play goal by Mullen. Murphy and Lemieux were credited with assists.

Edmonton regained the lead, 5-4, when Gelinas scored again at 8:51 off assists from right winger Joe Murphy and defenseman Dave Manson.

The Penguins tied the game again, 5-5, with a goal by Stevens at 13:13. Jagr had the only assist.

At 14:02, Francis scored the game-winning goal off assists from left winger Bob Errey and Mullen.

Notes:

-Barrasso made 32 saves in the win.

-The three stars were 1.) Mullen 2.) Stevens 3.) Buchberger.

-Mullen's goal was the 400th of his career.

-At 15:33 of the second period, Ranford stopped Lemieux on a penalty shot. It was the first time in six career attempts Lemieux had been denied on a penalty shot.

-Penguins right winger Rick Tocchet (jaw) and center Bryan Trottier (back) each missed the game.

Statistics:

Player
Position
Games
Played
Goals Assists Points
Kevin Stevens, LW 71 47 63 110
Mario Lemieux, C 57 36 74 110
Joe Mullen, RW 71 43 43 86
Larry Murphy, D 69 21 49 70
Jaromir Jagr, RW 61 29 33 62
Ron Francis, C 61 19 29 48
Rick Tocchet, RW 53 22 24 45
Bob Errey, LW 69 15 16 31
Bryan Trottier, C 56 10 16 26
Troy Loney, LW 67 8 15 23
Gordie Roberts, D 64 2 21 23
Phil Bourque, LW 49 9 14 22
Kjell Samuelsson, D 67 5 10 15
Jiri Hrdina, C 51 3 12 15
Ulf Samuelsson, D 53 1 11 12
Ken Priestlay, C 50 2 8 10
Jamie Leach, RW 38 5 4 9
Paul Stanton, D 45 2 7 9
Jim Paek, D 49 1 7 8
Grant Jennings, D 44 2 2 4
Peter Taglianetti, D 44 1 3 4
Shawn McEachern, C 7 0 3 3
Jeff Chychrun, D 36 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 45 0 0 0

Patrick Division standings:


Record Points
Rangers 45-23-4 94
Capitals 41-24-7 89
Devils 34-26-10 78
Penguins 34-29-8 76
Islanders 30-33-8 68
Flyers 27-32-11 65

Also in the news that day:

-The Pirates traded pitcher John Smiley to the Twins in exchange for pitcher Denny Neagle and outfielder Midre Cummings.

(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)

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