Twenty Years Later - Capitals 6, Penguins 2- 04-21-12

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' 6-2 loss against the Capitals in Game 2 of a Patrick Division semifinals series, April 21, 1992.

The Penguins fell into a 2-0 series deficit at the Capital Centre in Landover, Md. Former Capitals defenseman Larry Murphy gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead 5:16 into the game with a power-play goal against goaltender Don Beaupre. Assists went to center Mario Lemieux and right winger Rick Tocchet.

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Just under two minutes later, the Penguisn went up 2-0 when left winger Kevin Stevens scored on another power play off assists from Lemieux and Tocchet.

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The Capitals responded at 10:04 when left winger Dmitri Khristich scored on a power play against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Center Dale Hunter and defenseman Kevin Hatcher netted assists.

Washington tied the game, 2-2, at 13:24 when right winger Peter Bondra cashed in off assist from defenseman Rod Langway and center Michal Pivonka.

Late in the period, at 19:32, Pivonka scored the eventual game-winning goal on a power play. Khristich and Hatcher recorded assists.

The Capitals took a 4-2 lead at 2:49 of the second period when defenseman Sylvan Cote scored off assists from Bondra and Pivonka.

At 9:47, right winger Dino Ciccarelli scored on another power play to make it a 5-2 game. Assists went to center Mike Ridley and Bondra.

The game's final goal was scored by left winger Kelly Miller at 6:13 of the third period. Ciccarelli and Ridley were credited with assists.


-Barrasso made 26 saves in the loss.

-The three stars were 1.) Bondra 2.) Pivonka 3.) Beaupre.

-Lemieux returned to the lineup after missing Game 1 due to a shoulder injury.

-Capitals left winger Randy Burridge left the game in the first period due to a hyper-extended left knee.

Playoff statistics:

Goals Assists Points
Mario Lemieux, C 1 0 2 2
Rick Tocchet, RW 2 0 2 2
Troy Loney, LW 2 1 0 1
Larry Murphy, D 2 1 0 0
Kevin Stevens, LW 2 1 0 1
Joe Mullen, RW 2 0 1 1
Ulf Samuelsson, D 2 0 1 1
Shawn McEachern, C 1 0 0 0
Phil Bourque, LW 2 0 0 0
Jay Caufield 2 0 0 0
Bob Errey, LW 2 0 0 0
Ron Francis, C 2 0 0 0
Jiri Hrdina, C 2 0 0 0
Jaromir Jagr, RW 2 0 0 0
Grant Jennings, D 2 0 0 0
Gordie Roberts, D 2 0 0 0
Kjell Samuelsson, D 2 0 0 0
Paul Stanton, D 2 0 0 0
Bryan Trottier, C 2 0 0 0

Also in the news that day:

-Two goals by left winger Claude Lemieux helped the Devils rout the rival Rangers, 7-3, in Game 2 of the other Patrick Division semifinal series at Madison Square Garden in New York. The series was tied, 1-1.

-An overtime goal by center Adam Oates gave the Bruins a 3-2 win against the Sabres in Game 2 of an Adams Division semifinal series at the Boston Garden. Boston had a 2-0 series lead.

-Left winger Brent Gilchrist scored two goals for the Canadiens who beat the Whalers, 5-2, in Game 2 of the other Adams Division semifinal series at the Montreal Forum. The win gave Montreal a 2-0 series lead.

-Outfielder Andy Van Slyke went 2 for 4 with three RBIs and led the Pirates to an 8-7 defeat of the Expos at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. It was the Pirates' eighth consecutive win.

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

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