Twenty Years Later - Penguins 6, Flyers 5 - 03-31-12

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' 6-5 win against the Flyers, March. 31, 1992.

The Penguins won their third consecutive game at the Civic Arena. Former Flyers right winger Rick Tocchet gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead 1:17 into the game with a power-play goal against goaltender Ron Hextall. Left winger Kevin Stevens and center Mario Lemieux recorded assists.

The Flyers responded just over a minute later at the 2:29 mark of the first period when left winger Mark Pederson scored to make it 1-1 against former Flyers goaltender Ken Wregget. Right winger Kevin Dineen and defenseman Kerry Huffman had assists.

Philadelphia took a 2-1 lead when former Penguins center Dan Quinn scored off an assist from defenseman Dan Kordic at the 9:45 mark.

The Penguins tied the game again, 2-2, when Stevens scored at 11:19. Assists went to Lemieux and Tocchet.

A shorthanded goal by defenseman Grant Jennings gave the Penguins a 3-2 lead at 15:12. Lemieux and center Ron Francis had assists.

Quinn scored his second goal of the game on a power play to tie it again, 3-3, at 18:50. Center Rod Brind'Amour and defenseman Brian Benning netted assists.

Right winger Andrei Lomakin scored 5:56 into the second period to reclaim the lead, 4-3, for the Flyers. Assists went to right winger Dave Brown and left winger Mark Freer.

Just under 10 minutes later at 15:31, left winger Bob Errey scored off assists from left winger Phil Bourque and defenseman Jeff Chychrun to tie the game yet again, 4-4.

At 7:33 of the third period, Lemieux scored an unassisted goal to give the Penguins a 5-4 lead.

Just over five minutes later, the Flyers tied the game again when center Rod Brind'Amour scored at 12:42 off assists from defensemen Mark Howe and Garry Galley.

At 14:21, Jenning scored his second goal of the game which proved to be the game winner. Bourque and Francis netted assists.


-Wregget made 22 saves in the win.

-The three stars were 1.) Lemieux 2.) Jennings 3.) Quinn.

-Stevens' goal set a NHL single-seasn record for points by a left winger with 122.

-Jennings scored two goals for the first time in his career.

-Flyers right winger Mark Recchi was held without a point in his first game at the Civic Arena following a February trade fro the Penguins.

-The game would be the Penguins last for nearly two weeks. The following day, a deadline to strike a new collective bargaining agreement expired without a reconciliation between the NHL and the NHLPA. The players would strike and would not return to the ice until Apri 13.


Goals Assists Points
Mario Lemieux, C 63 44 87 130
Kevin Stevens, LW 77 53 69 122
Joe Mullen, RW 74 43 43 86
Larry Murphy, D 75 21 54 75
Jaromir Jagr, RW 67 31 35 66
Rick Tocchet, RW 57 26 32 57
Ron Francis, C 67 21 33 54
Bob Errey, LW 75 18 16 34
Bryan Trottier, C 61 11 16 27
Phil Bourque, LW 55 10 17 26
Troy Loney, LW 73 9 15 24
Gordie Roberts, D 70 2 21 23
Kjell Samuelsson, D 73 5 11 16
Jiri Hrdina, C 53 3 12 15
Ulf Samuelsson, D 59 1 13 14
Paul Stanton, D 51 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 50 4 4 8
Peter Taglianetti, D 44 1 3 4
Shawn McEachern, C 12 0 4 4
Jeff Chychrun, D 41 0 4 4
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 50 0 0 0

Patrick Division Standings:

Record Points
Rangers 49-24-5 103
Capitals 44-26-7 95
Penguins 38-30-9 85
Devils 37-29-11 85
Islanders 32-35-10 74
Flyers 31-35-11 73

Also in the news that day:

-Outfielder Lloyd McClendon went 5 for 5 with two RBIs and led the Pirates to a 9-3 spring training win against the Blue Jays at Dunedin Stadium in Dunedin, Fla.

(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)

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