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

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 loss to the Rangers in Game 2 of a Patrick Division final series, May 5, 1992.

The Rangers tied the series, 1-1, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Just 1:29 into the game, left winger Kevin Stevens gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead 1:29 into the game with a goal on the first shot of the game against goaltender Mike Richter. Assists went to left winger Troy Loney and defenseman Jim Paek.

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At 5:05 of the first period, Rangers left winger Adam Graves received a minor penalty for slashing Penguins center Mario Lemieux on the left wrist. Lemieux would not return to the game.

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A goal by defenseman Brian Leetch against goaltender Tom Barrasso at 13:53 of the second period tied the game, 1-1. Rookie center Doug Weight recorded the only assist.

At the 16:13 mark, an unassisted goal by defenseman Larry Murphy restored the lead for the Penguins, 2-1.

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The Rangers tied the game again, 2-2, when defenseman Jeff Beukeboom scored off an assist from right winger Mike Gartner at 12:36 of the third period.

Left winger Kris King scored the eventual game-winning goal at 14:36. Defenseman Joe Cirella and rookie right winger Tony Amonte netted assists.

Jeff Beukeboom secured the win late in the game at 19:57 with an empty-net goal.


-Barrasso made 35 saves in the loss.

-In addition to Lemieux, the Penguins saw right winger Joe Mullen leave the game due to an undisclosed leg injury after a hit by King in the first period.

-The three stars were: 1.) King 2.) Leetch 3.) Rangers right winger Paul Broten.

-Rangers centers Mark Messier (back) and Darren Turcotte (wrist) were scratched due to injuries.

Postseason statistics:

Goals Assists Points
Mario Lemieux, C 8 7 12 19
Kevin Stevens, LW 9 5 6 11
Ron Francis, C 9 1 9 10
Larry Murphy, D 9 4 4 8
Jaromir Jagr, RW 9 3 5 8
Phil Bourque, LW 9 2 3 5
Joe Mullen, RW 9 3 1 4
Bryan Trottier, C 9 2 2 4
Troy Loney, LW 9 2 1 3
Bob Errey, LW 9 2 0 2
Rick Tocchet, RW 3 0 2 2
Gordie Roberts, D 6 0 1 1
Shawn McEachern, C 7 0 1 1
Kjell Samuelsson, D 4 0 1 1
Jim Paek, D 7 0 1 1
Ulf Samuelsson, D 9 0 1 1
Paul Stanton, D 9 0 1 1
Jay Caufield 8 0 0 0
Jiri Hrdina, C 9 0 0 0
Grant Jennings, D 9 0 0 0

Also in the news that day:

-An overtime goal by right winger Peter Douris gave the Bruins a 3-2 win against the rival Canadiens in Game 2 of the Adams Division final in the Montreal Forum. Boston took a 2-0 series lead.

-Outfielder Andy Van Slyke went 3 for 4 with a home run, an RBI and three runs for the Pirates who beat the Reds, 5-2, at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati.

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

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