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Twenty Years Later - Penguins 3, Capitals 1 - 05-01-12

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' 3-1 win against the Capitals in Game 7 of a Patrick Division semifinals series, May 1, 1992.


The Penguins won the series, 4-3, at the Capital Centre in Landover, Md. A shorthanded goal by center Mario Lemieux off a rebound against goaltender Don Beaupre at 14:01 of the first period gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead. Center Ron Francis and former Capitals defenseman Larry Murphy netted assists.

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Just 24 seconds into the second period, defenseman Al Iafrate tied the game, 1-1, with a goal against goaltender Tom Barrasso. The only assist was recorded by center Mike Ridley.

At the 9:40 mark, right winger Jaromir Jagr scored the eventual game-winning goal on a power play off assists from Lemieux and Francis.

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The Penguins secured the win at 19:27 of the third period when right winger Joe Mullen scored an empty-net goal. Francis had the only assist.

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Postgame:

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Notes:

-Barrasso made 18 saves in the victory.

Postseason statistics:

Player
Position
Games
Played
Goals Assists Points
Mario Lemieux, C 6 7 10 17
Kevin Stevens, LW 7 3 5 8
Ron Francis, C 7 0 8 8
Jaromir Jagr, RW 7 3 4 7
Larry Murphy, D 7 2 4 6
Joe Mullen, RW 7 3 1 4
Phil Bourque, LW 7 2 2 4
Bryan Trottier, C 7 2 1 3
Bob Errey, LW 7 2 0 2
Rick Tocchet, RW 3 0 2 2
Troy Loney, LW 7 1 0 1
Gordie Roberts, D 5 0 1 1
Shawn McEachern, C 5 0 1 1
Kjell Samuelsson, D 4 0 1 1
Ulf Samuelsson, D 7 0 1 1
Paul Stanton, D 7 0 1 1
Jim Paek, D 5 0 0 0
Jay Caufield 6 0 0 0
Jiri Hrdina, C 7 0 0 0
Grant Jennings, D 7 0 0 0

Also in the news that day:

-Left winger Adam Graves had a goal and an assist for the Rangers who defeated the rival Devils, 8-4, in Game 7 of the other Patrick Division semifinal series in Madison Square Garden.

-Goaltender Andy Moog made 27 saves for the Bruins who edged the Sabres, 3-2, in Game 7 of an Adams Division semifinal series at the Boston Garden.

-A goal by right winger Russ Courtnall in the second overtime gave the Canadiens a 3-2 win against the Whalers in Game 7 of the other Adams Division semifinal series.

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-Catcher Don Slaught went 1 for 2 with a home run and an RBI for the Pirates in a 10-4 loss to the Astros at the Astrodome in Houston.

-President George H.W. Bush ordered 4,500 Army and Marine personnel to deploy to the streets of Los Angeles to quash riots.

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