Twenty Years Later - Penguins 4, Rangers 2 - 05-03-12

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' 4-2 win against the Rangers in Game 1 of a Patrick Division final series, May 3, 1992.

The Penguins took a 1-0 series lead at Madison Square Garden in New York. Left winger Troy Loney gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead 13:56 of the first period with a goal against goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck. Center Bryan Trottier and left winger Phil Bourque recorded assists.

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Just over a minute later at 15:22, defenseman Larry Murphy put the Penguins up 2-0. Right winger Jaromir Jagr recorded the only assist.

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Just 2:00 into the second period, left winger Kevin Stevens scored the evenutal game-winning goal on a power play. Assists went to centers Mario Lemieux and Ron Francis.

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The Rangers got on the scoreboard at 3:02 when left winger Kris King scored against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Defensemen Joe Cirella and Jay Wells recorded assists.

A power-play goal by right winger Tony Amonte at 10:24 made it a 3-2 games. Cirella and defenseman Brian Leetch were credited with assists.

Just under two minutes later at 12:08, Francis scored the game's final goal off assists from Stevens and Lemieux.

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-Barrasso made 34 saves in the victory.

-The three stars were: 1.) Stevens 2.) Francis 3.) Barrasso.

-Penguins right winger Rick Tocchet (shoulder) and defenseman Kjell Samuelsson each missed their fourth consecutive games due to injuries.

Postseason statistics:

Goals Assists Points
Mario Lemieux, C 7 7 12 19
Kevin Stevens, LW 8 4 6 10
Ron Francis, C 8 1 9 10
Jaromir Jagr, RW 8 3 5 8
Larry Murphy, D 8 3 4 7
Phil Bourque, LW 8 2 3 5
Joe Mullen, RW 8 3 1 4
Bryan Trottier, C 8 2 2 4
Bob Errey, LW 8 2 0 2
Troy Loney, LW 8 2 0 2
Rick Tocchet, RW 3 0 2 2
Gordie Roberts, D 6 0 1 1
Shawn McEachern, C 6 0 1 1
Kjell Samuelsson, D 4 0 1 1
Ulf Samuelsson, D 8 0 1 1
Paul Stanton, D 8 0 1 1
Jim Paek, D 6 0 0 0
Jay Caufield 7 0 0 0
Jiri Hrdina, C 8 0 0 0
Grant Jennings, D 8 0 0 0

Also in the news that day:

-Right winger Stephen Leach scored two goals for the Bruins in a 6-4 win against the rival Canadiens in Game 1 of the Adams Division final series. Boston took a 1-0 series lead.

-An overtime goal by right winger Joe Murphy gave the Oilers a 4-3 win against the Canucks in Game 1 of the Smythe Division final series at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver. Edmonton took a 1-0 series lead.

-Pitcher Doug Drabek recorded five strikeouts in seven innings for the Pirate who lost to the Astros, 1-0, at the Houston Astrodome.

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

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