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Twenty Years Later - Devils 5, Penguins 1 - 04-13-12

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' 5-1 win against the Flyers, April 13, 1992.


The Penguins played their first game in nearly two weeks following a strike by the NHLPA at Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, N.J. Right winger Stephane Richer gave New Jersey a 1-0 lead with a goal against goaltender Tom Barrasso just 1:46 into the game. Center Alexander Semak recorded the only assist.

Center Peter Stastny put the Devils up 2-0 with a power-play goal at the 13:37 mark of the second period off assists from right winger Claude Lemieux and defenseman Alexei Kasatonov.

Less than two mintues later at 15:04, left winger Valeri Zelepukin scored an unassisted goal to give New Jersey a 3-0 lead.

The Penguins finally got on the scoreboard at 17:05 when left winger Bob Errey scored against goaltender Chris Terreri. Center Mario Lemieux and defenseman Larry Murphy netted assists.

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New Jersey took a 4-1 lead when center Kevin Todd scored at 9:00 of the third period. The only assist went to right winger Randy McKay.

Left winger Zdeno Ciger scored the game's final goal at the 17:59 mark. It was unassisted.

Notes:

-Barrasso made 31 saves in the loss.

-The three stars were 1.) Terreri 2.) Zelepukin 3.) Semak.

-Lemieux left the game in the third period due to a bruised right shoulder.

Statistics:

Player
Position
Games
Played
Goals Assists Points
Mario Lemieux, C 64 44 88 131
Kevin Stevens, LW 78 53 69 122
Joe Mullen, RW 75 43 43 86
Larry Murphy, D 76 21 54 76
Jaromir Jagr, RW 68 31 35 66
Rick Tocchet, RW 58 26 32 57
Ron Francis, C 68 21 33 54
Bob Errey, LW 76 19 16 35
Bryan Trottier, C 61 11 16 27
Phil Bourque, LW 56 10 17 26
Troy Loney, LW 74 9 15 24
Gordie Roberts, D 71 2 21 23
Kjell Samuelsson, D 73 5 11 16
Jiri Hrdina, C 54 3 12 15
Ulf Samuelsson, D 60 1 13 14
Paul Stanton, D 52 2 7 9
Ken Priestlay, C 50 2 8 10
Jamie Leach, RW 6 2 7 9
Grant Jennings, D 51 4 4 8
Jim Paek, D 49 1 7 8
Peter Taglianetti, D 44 1 3 4
Shawn McEachern, C 13 0 4 4
Jeff Chychrun, D 42 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 51 0 0 0

Patrick Division Standings:


Record Points
Rangers 49-24-5 103
Capitals 45-26-8 98
Devils 38-30-11 87
Penguins 38-31-9 85
Islanders 33-35-11 77
Flyers 32-36-11 75

Also in the news that day:

A utility tunnel underneath the Chicago River breached and and flooded numerous basements and underground facilitities throughout the city.

(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards; Video-Jay Korber)

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