Twenty Years Later - Penguins 6, Capitals 4 - 04-29-12

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 6 of a Patrick Division semifinals series, April 29, 1992.

The Penguins tied the series, 3-3, at the Civic Arena. Just 2:48 into the game, left winger Kevin Stevens gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead with a goal against goaltender Don Beaupre. Assists went to centers Mario Lemieux and Shawn McEachern.

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Stevens scored his second goal of the game at the 5:05 mark of the first period on a power play off assists from Lemieux and former Capitals defenseman Larry Murphy.

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Washington got onto the scoreboard at 12:30 when center Dale Hunter scored against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Center Michal Pivonka recorded the only assist.

A goal by right winger Peter Bondra tied the game, 2-2, at 15:19. Defenseman Calle Johansson and left winger Todd Krygier netted assists.

The Capitals took a 3-2 lead when Bondra scored his second goal of the game on a power play off assists from defenseman Al Iafrate and right winger Dino Ciccarelli.

A goal by Iafrate at 3:55 of the second period put Washington up 4-2. Center Mike Ridley and left winger Kelly Miller were credited with assists.

Right winger Joe Mullen made it a 4-3 game with a goal at the 9:10 mark. The lone assist went to center Ron Francis.

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Just under two minutes later, left winger Phil Bourque tied the game, 4-4, with a power-play goal off assists from Lemieux and Stevens.

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At the 15:19 mark, Lemieux scored the eventual game-winning goal on a power play. Right winger Jaromir Jagr and Murphy netted assists.

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A power-play goal by Lemieux at 14:41 of the third period secured the win. Francis and Stevens had assists.

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-Barrasso made 25 saves in the win.

-The game's three stars were 1.) Lemieux 2.) Stevens 3.) Beaupre.

-Stevens set a postseason franchise record with 12 shots on net.

-Lemieux tied his own franchise records for points (15) and assists (nine) in a playoff series.

-Murphy set a franchise record for defenseman with his 27th career postseason point for the Penguins.

Postseason statistics:

Goals Assists Points
Mario Lemieux, C 5 6 9 15
Kevin Stevens, LW 6 3 5 8
Jaromir Jagr, RW 6 2 4 6
Larry Murphy, D 6 2 3 5
Phil Bourque, LW 6 2 2 4
Ron Francis, C 6 0 5 5
Joe Mullen, RW 6 2 1 3
Bryan Trottier, C 6 2 1 3
Bob Errey, LW 6 2 0 2
Rick Tocchet, RW 3 0 2 2
Troy Loney, LW 6 1 0 1
Gordie Roberts, D 4 0 1 1
Shawn McEachern, C 4 0 1 1
Kjell Samuelsson, D 4 0 1 1
Ulf Samuelsson, D 6 0 1 1
Paul Stanton, D 6 0 1 1
Jim Paek, D 4 0 0 0
Jay Caufield 5 0 0 0
Jiri Hrdina, C 6 0 0 0
Grant Jennings, D 6 0 0 0

Also in the news that day:

-Two goals by center Peter Stastny led the Devils to a 5-3 win against the rival Rangers in Game 6 of the other Patrick Division semifinal series at Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, N.J. The series was tied, 3-3.

-Center Pat LaFontaine had two goals and two assists for the Sabres who routed the Bruins, 9-3, in Game 6 of an Adam Division semifinal seris at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. The series was tied, 3-3.

-An over time goal by Yvon Corriveau gave the Whalers a 2-1 win against the Canadiens in Game 6 of the other Adams Division semifinal series at the Hartford Civict Center. The series was tied, 3-3.

-Pitcher Zane Smith had one strikeout and allowed four hits over nine innings in a 4-0 shutout of Reds at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati.

-Steelers running back Tim Worley received a one-years suspension from the NFL for failing a drug test.

-Riots broke out in Los Angeles after for Los Angeles police officers were acquitted of all but one assault charge related to a 1991 beating of motorist Rodney King.

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

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