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Twenty Years Later - Red Wings 4, Penguins 3 - 03-24-12

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' 4-3 loss to the Red Wings, March. 24, 1992.


The Penguisn wrapped up a two-game road swing at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. After a scoreless first period, center Mario Lemieux gave the Penguins a 1-0 by scoring his 40th goal of the season at 4:50 of the second period against goaltneder Tim Cheveldae. Right winger Rick Tocchet and left winger Kevin Stevens netted assists.

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At the 6:48 mark, right winger Kevin Miller tied the game, 1-1, with a power-play goal against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Assists went to centers Steve Yzerman and Sergei Fedorov.

Detroit took a 2-1 lead at 7:28 when Fedorov scored off assists from left wingers Shawn Burr and Paul Ysebaert.

Stevens scored his 50th goal of the season at the 10:04 mark to tie the game again, 2-2. Lemieux recorded the lone assist.

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The Red Wings reclaimed the lead, 3-2, when center Jimmy Carson scored a power-play goal late in the period at 19:49. Rookie defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom and Yzerman had assists.

Miller scored the eventual game-winning goal at 15:25 of the third period off assists from Carson and left winger Brent Fedyk.

Stevens scored the game's final goal at the 16:46 mark. Lemieux and defenseman Larry Murphy netted assists.

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Notes:

-Barrasso made 27 saves in the victory.

-The three stars were 1.) Miller 2.) Stevens 3.) Fedorov.

-The Penguins' power play went 0 for 5.

-Penguins right winger Joe Mullen left the game at 3:17 of the first period after being boarded by Red Wings center Keith Primeau.

-Lemieux's assist on Stevens' first goal was his 1,000th career point.

-Tocchet missed the lineup after missing three games due to a broken jaw.

-The Red Wings recorded their first win against the Penguins since Jan. 19, 1988.

Statistics:

Player
Position
Games
Played
Goals Assists Points
Mario Lemieux, C 60 40 78 118
Kevin Stevens, LW 74 51 65 116
Joe Mullen, RW 74 43 43 86
Larry Murphy, D 72 21 52 73
Jaromir Jagr, RW 64 31 33 64
Ron Francis, C 64 19 31 50
Rick Tocchet, RW 54 22 25 46
Bob Errey, LW 72 16 16 32
Bryan Trottier, C 58 10 16 26
Phil Bourque, LW 52 9 15 23
Troy Loney, LW 70 8 15 23
Gordie Roberts, D 67 2 21 23
Kjell Samuelsson, D 70 5 10 15
Jiri Hrdina, C 52 3 12 15
Ulf Samuelsson, D 56 1 12 13
Paul Stanton, D 48 2 7 9
Ken Priestlay, C 50 2 8 10
Jamie Leach, RW 6 2 7 9
Jim Paek, D 49 1 7 8
Grant Jennings, D 47 2 2 4
Peter Taglianetti, D 44 1 3 4
Shawn McEachern, C 10 0 3 3
Jeff Chychrun, D 38 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 47 0 0 0

Patrick Division Standings:


Record Points
Rangers 48-23-5 101
Capitals 42-26-7 91
Devils 35-28-11 81
Penguins 35-30-9 79
Flyers 30-33-11 71
Islanders 30-34-10 70

Also in the news that day:

-Right winger Tony Amonte had a goal and an assist for the the Rangers who clinched the regular season Patrick Division title with a 4-3 win against the rival Flyers.

(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)

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