Twenty Years Later - Penguins 5, Capitals 2 - 04-27-12

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' 5-2 win against the Capitals in Game 5 of a Patrick Division semifinals series, April 27, 1992.

The Penguins won their second game of the series at the Capital Centre in Landover, Md. Just 2:43 into the game, center Bryan Trottier gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead with a goal against goaltender Don Beaupre. Assists went to left wingers Kevin Stevens and Phil Bourque.

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Nearly 10 minutes later at 12:36, left winger Todd Krygier tied the game with a goal against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Defensemen Sylvain Cote and Brad Schlegel netted asssists.

At 7:53 of the second period, a goal by defenseman Al Iafrate gave the Capitals a 2-1 lead. Assists went to center Mike Ridley and right winger Dino Ciccarelli.

A goal by left winger Bob Errey at 10:16 tied the game again, 2-2. Right winger Jaromir Jagr and former Capitals defenseman Larry Murphy were credited with assists.

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The eventual game-winning goal was scored by Murphy on a power play at the 17:32 mark off assists from center Mario Lemieux and Stevens.

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An unassisted goal by Jagr at 6:59 of the third period gave the Penguins a 4-2 lead.

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Late in the game, at 19:10, Errey scored an empty-net goal to secure the victory. Trottier and defenseman Gordie Roberts had assists.

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-Barrasso made 21 saves in the victory.

-The three stars were: 1.) Jagr 2.) Murphy 3.) Krygier.

-Murphy recorded his 26th career postseason point with the Penguins, tying Paul Coffey for the franchise mark for defensemen.

-Penguins right winger Rick Tocchet (shoulder) and defenseman Kjell Samuelsson (wrist) were sidelined due to injuries.

-Penguins interim coach Scotty Bowman set an NHL record by coaching in his 191st postseason game. He broke the record previous set by former Blackhawks/Maple Leafs/Canadiens coach Dick Irvin.

Postseason statistics:

Goals Assists Points
Mario Lemieux, C 4 4 6 10
Jaromir Jagr, RW 5 2 3 5
Kevin Stevens, LW 5 1 3 4
Larry Murphy, D 5 2 1 3
Bryan Trottier, C 5 2 1 3
Phil Bourque, LW 5 1 2 3
Ron Francis, C 5 0 3 3
Bob Errey, LW 5 2 0 2
Joe Mullen, RW 5 1 1 2
Rick Tocchet, RW 3 0 2 2
Troy Loney, LW 5 1 0 1
Gordie Roberts, D 3 0 1 1
Kjell Samuelsson, D 4 0 1 1
Ulf Samuelsson, D 5 0 1 1
Paul Stanton, D 5 0 1 1
Jim Paek, D 3 0 0 0
Shawn McEachern, C 3 0 0 0
Jay Caufield 4 0 0 0
Jiri Hrdina, C 5 0 0 0
Grant Jennings, D 5 0 0 0

-Also in the news that day:

-A hat trick by right winger Mike Gartner led the Rangers to an 8-5 rout of the rival Devils in Game 5 of the other Patrick Division semifinal series at Madison Square Garden in New York. New York took a 3-2 series lead.

-Goaltender Tom Draper made 28 saves for the Sabres in a 2-0 shutout of the Bruins in Game 5 of an Adams Division semifinal series at the Boston Garden. Boston led the series, 3-2.

-Defenseman Patrice Brisebois and left winger Shayne Corson each had a goal and two assists for the Canadiens who beat the Whalers, 7-4 in Game 5 of the other Adams Division semifinal series at the Montreal Forum. Montreal had a 3-2 series lead.

-The Steelers wrapped up the second day of the NFL draft. That day, they selected Kansas State tight end Russ Campbell, Ohio State fullback Jim Otis Graham (seventh round each), Penn State safety Darren Perry, Florida guard Hesham Ismail, Mississippi State nose tackle Nate Williams (eighth round each), Rutgers linebacker Elnardo Webster (ninth round), Iowa running back Mike Saunders (10th round), Pittsburg State long snapper Kendall Simmonds (11th round) and Connecticut quarterback Cornelius Benton (12th round).

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

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