Twenty Years Later - Penguins 6, Capitals 4 - 04-23-12

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' 6-4 win against the Capitals in Game 3 of a Patrick Division semifinals series, April 23, 1992.

The Penguins won their first game of the series at the Civic Arena. Defenseman Kevin Hatcher gave Washington a 1-0 lead 1:33 into the game with a shorthanded goal against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Assists went to center Mike Ridley and defenseman Calle Johansson.

At 6:27 of the first period, the Penguins tied the game, 1-1, when left winger Phil Bourque scored against goaltender Don Beaupre. Center Mario Lemieux and right winger Jaromir Jagr netted assists.

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Washington regained the lead, 2-1, when left winger Dmitri Khristich scored a power-play goal off assists from center Dale Hunter and Michal Pivonka.

The Penguins tied the game again, 2-2, when right winger Joe Mullen scored on a power play just 1:46 into the second period. Lemieux and center Ron Francis were credited with assists.

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Jagr scored on a power play at the 7:35 mark off assists from Lemieux and defenseman Kjell Samuelsson to give the Penguins a 3-2 lead.

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Just under ten minutes later at 17:18, Lemieux scored off an assist from defenseman Paul Stanton to make it a 4-2 game.

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Late in the period at the 19:07 mark, Lemieux netted his second goal of the game on another power play making it 5-2. Assists went to left winger Kevin Stevens and Francis.

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Washington responded at 13:57 of the third period when defenseman Al Iafrate scored on a power play to make it a 5-3 game. Ridley and right winger Dino Ciccarelli nette assists.

Hatcher scored his second goal of the game at the 17:48 mark. Assists went to defenseman Sylvain Cote and Ridley.

Lemieux secured the win with an empty-net goal at 19:09. The goal was unassisted.

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-Barrasso made 30 saves in the win.

-The three stars were 1.) Lemieux 2.) Jagr 3.) Hatcher.

-Penguins right winger Rick Tocchet was scratched due to a right shoulder injury.

-The teams combined for 35 penalties and 89 penalty minutes.

Postseason statistics:

Goals Assists Points
Mario Lemieux, C 2 3 5 8
Jaromir Jagr, RW 3 1 1 2
Joe Mullen, RW 3 1 1 2
Kevin Stevens, LW 3 1 1 2
Ron Francis, C 3 0 2 2
Rick Tocchet, RW 2 0 2 2
Phil Bourque, LW 3 1 0 1
Troy Loney, LW 3 1 0 1
Larry Murphy, D 3 1 0 1
Kjell Samuelsson, D 3 0 1 1
Ulf Samuelsson, D 3 0 1 1
Paul Stanton, D 3 0 1 1
Jim Paek, D 1 0 0 0
Shawn McEachern, C 2 0 0 0
Gordie Roberts, D 2 0 0 0
Jay Caufield 3 0 0 0
Bob Errey, LW 3 0 0 0
Jiri Hrdina, C 3 0 0 0
Grant Jennings, D 3 0 0 0
Bryan Trottier, C 3 0 0 0

Also in the news that day:

-Goaltender Chris Terreri made 34 saves for the Devils in a 3-1 win against the Rangers in Game 3 of the other Patrick Division semifinal series at Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, N.J. New Jersey took a 2-1 series lead.

-Former Penguins defenseman Zarley Zalapski had a goal and an assist for the Whalers who defeated the Canadiens, 5-2, in Game 3 of an Adams Division semifinal series at the Hartford Civic Center. Montreal led the series, 2-1.

-Defenseman Raymond Bourque had a goal and two assists and led the Bruins to a 3-2 win against the Sabres in Game 3 of the other Adams Division semifinal series at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. Boston had a 2-1 series lead.

-Outfielder Andy Van Slyke went 2 for 3 with an RBI for the Pirates who lost to the Expos, 6-3, at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak for the Pirates.

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

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