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Twenty Years Later - Penguins 6, Canadiens 3 - 03-28-12

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' 6-3 win against the Canadiens, March. 28, 1992.


The Penguins won their second consecutive game at the Civic Arena. Center Bryan Trottier gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead 14:08 into the game with an unassisted shorthanded goal off a backhander against goaltender Patrick Roy.

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Less than four minutes later at 18:04 of the first period, left winger Kevin Stevens made it a 2-0 game with a goal off assists from right winger Rick Tocchet and defenseman Grant Jennings.

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Just 1:59 into the second period, left winger Troy Loney scored to make the score 3-0 with a re-direction. Jennings and right winger Jaromir Jagr recorded assists.

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Left winger Phil Bourque scored the eventual game-winning goal at the 2:28 mark off assists from defenseman Kjell Samuelsson and right winger Shawn McEachern.

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At 6:16, the Canadiens finally got on the scoreboard with a goal by center Brian Skrudland against goaltender Ken Wregget. Defensemen Mathieu Schneider and Lyle Odelein were credited with assists.

Tocchet put the Penguins up, 5-1, at 7:43 with a goal against goaltender Andre Racicot off assists from defenseman Larry Murphy and center Mario Lemieux.

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Late in the period at 18:29, Montreal made it 5-2, with a goal from Schneider. Assists went to right winger Russ Courtnall and center Guy Carbonneau.

Just 53 seconds into the third period, Lemieux scored the Penguins' final goal off assists from Stevens and Tocchet.

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The game's final goal was scored by left winger Sylvain Turgeon on a power play at 12:31. Defenseman Patrice Brisebois netted the lone assist.

Notes:

-Wregget made 28 saves in the win.

-The game's three stars were: 1.) Tocchet 2.) Lemieux 3.) Jennings.

-The victory secured a playoff win for the Penguins.

Statistics:

Player
Position
Games
Played
Goals Assists Points
Mario Lemieux, C 62 43 83 126
Kevin Stevens, LW 76 52 68 120
Joe Mullen, RW 74 43 43 86
Larry Murphy, D 74 21 54 75
Jaromir Jagr, RW 66 31 35 66
Rick Tocchet, RW 56 25 31 55
Ron Francis, C 66 21 31 52
Bob Errey, LW 74 17 16 33
Bryan Trottier, C 60 11 16 27
Phil Bourque, LW 54 10 15 24
Troy Loney, LW 72 9 15 24
Gordie Roberts, D 69 2 21 23
Kjell Samuelsson, D 72 5 11 16
Jiri Hrdina, C 52 3 12 15
Ulf Samuelsson, D 58 1 13 14
Paul Stanton, D 50 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 49 2 4 6
Peter Taglianetti, D 44 1 3 4
Shawn McEachern, C 12 0 4 4
Jeff Chychrun, D 40 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 49 0 0 0

Patrick Division standings:


Record Points
Rangers 49-24-5 103
Capitals 43-26-7 93
Devils 37-28-11 85
Penguins 37-30-9 83
Islanders 32-34-10 74
Flyers 30-34-11 71

Also in the news that day:

-Center Christian Laettner hit a jump shot as time expired in overtime to give Duke a 104-103 win against Kentucky in an Elite Eight game of the NCAA Tournament at The Spectrum in Philadelphia.

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

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