Twenty Years Later - Rangers 6, Penguins 5 - 05-07-12

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' 6-5 overtime loss to the Rangers in Game 3 of a Patrick Division final series, May 7, 1992.

The Rangers took a 2-1 series lead at the Civic Arena. Left winger Adam Graves gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead just 3:45 into the game with a goal against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Assists went to right winger Joe Kocur and center Jan Erixon.

Less than a minute later at 4:36 of the first period, right winger Tim Kerr put New York up with a power-play goal off assists from defenseman Brian Leetch and right winger Mike Gartner.

At the 11:00 mark, left winger Kevin Stevens got the Penguins on the scoreboard with a goal against goaltender Mike Richter. Centers Ron Francis and Shawn McEachern netted assists.

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New York regained a two-goal lead at 17:14 when center Sergei Nemchinov scored off assists from Erixon and defenseman Jeff Beukeboom.

Just 1:09 into the second period, a goal by Francis made it a 3-2 game. Defenseman Paul Stanton and right winger Jaromir Jagr were credited with assists.

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A goal by Gartner at 6:24 gave the Rangers a 4-2 lead. Leetch recorded the only assist.

Another goal by Francis at the 13:06 mark made it a 4-3 game. The lone assist went to Stevens.

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A power-play goal by defenseman Larry Murphy at 17:29 tied the game, 4-4, with a power-play goal. Jagr and right winger Jock Callander had assists.

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New York regained the lead, 5-4, at 5:24 when Erixon scored a shorthanded goal off assists from Leetch and Nemchinov.

A goal by Stevens at 10:13 tied the game again, 5-5. McEachern and Stanton netted assists.

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Just 1:29 into overtime, left winger Kris King won the game with a goal off assists from right winger Paul Broten and defenseman Mark Hardy.


-Barrasso made 26 saves in the loss.

-The three stars were 1.) Francis 2.) Erixon 3.) Leetch.

-The Penguins attemtped 50 shots.

-The Penguins went 1 for 10 on the power play.

-Penguins center Jiri Hrdina left the game in the first period with what was called a "mild concussion."

-With center Mario Lemieux (wrist) and right winger Joe Mullen (knee) sidelined, the Penguins recalled Callendar and right winger Mike Needham from Muskegon of the IHL. Needham made his NHL debut.

-Graves was scheduled to have a disciplinary hearing over his slash against Lemieux in Game 2 with NHL executive Brian O'Neil the next day.

-Graves and King, who had injured Mullen in Game 2, were the focus of many Penguins fans.  One fan brought a sign which said, "Kris King & Adams Graves will be employed for the summer at LAPD." The reference was to the recent riots in Los Angeles.

Postseason statistics:

Goals Assists Points
Mario Lemieux, C 8 7 12 19
Kevin Stevens, LW 10 7 7 14
Ron Francis, C 10 3 10 13
Jaromir Jagr, RW 10 3 7 10
Larry Murphy, D 10 5 4 9
Phil Bourque, LW 10 2 3 5
Joe Mullen, RW 9 3 1 4
Bryan Trottier, C 10 2 2 4
Troy Loney, LW 10 2 1 3
Shawn McEachern, C 8 0 3 3
Paul Stanton, D 10 0 3 3
Bob Errey, LW 10 2 0 2
Rick Tocchet, RW 3 0 2 2
Jock Callender, RW 1 0 1 1
Gordie Roberts, D 7 0 1 1
Kjell Samuelsson, D 4 0 1 1
Jim Paek, D 8 0 1 1
Ulf Samuelsson, D 10 0 1 1
Mike Needham, RW 1 0 0 0
Jay Caufield, LW 9 0 0 0
Jiri Hrdina, C 10 0 0 0
Grant Jennings, D 10 0 0 0

Also in the news that day:

-A goal and an assist by defenseman Jim Wiemer led the Bruins to a 3-2 win against the Canadiens in Game 2 of the Adams Division final at the Boston Garden. Boston took a 3-0 series lead.

-Pitcher Denny Neagle allowed three earned runs and recorded seven strikeouts for the Pirates over 6 1/3 innings in a 4-2 loss to the Braves at Three Rivers Stadium.

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

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