Twenty Years Later - Penguins 5, Bruins 1 - 05-23-12

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' 5-1 win against the Bruins in Game 4 of the Prince of Wales Conference final series, May 23, 1992.

The Penguins advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the second consecutive season with a win at the Boston Garden. Right winger Jaromir Jagr opened the scoring 4:51 into the game and gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead with a backhanded goal against goaltender Andy Moog. Assists went to center Ron Francis and defenseman Paul Stanton.

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At 13:09 of the first period, center Mario Lemieux made it a 2-0 game when he skated by Bruins defenseman Ray Bourque and center Adam Oates to score an unassisted shorthanded goal.

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The Penguins took a 3-0 lead at 5:27 of the second period when defenseman Stanton scored his first goal of the postseason off assists from Francis and center Shawn McEachern.

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Lemieux scored against at 13:58 go make it 4-0. Right winger Rick Tocchet recorded the only assist.

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The Bruins finally got on the scoreboard at 5:53 of the third period when right winger Stephen Leach scored against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Left winger Bob Carpenter and center Adam Oates were credited with assists.

The Penguins added an insurance scored at 19:49 when left winger Dave Michayluk scored his first career postseason goal off assists from right winger Jock Callander and center Jiri Hrdina.

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-Barrasso made 29 saves in the win.

-The three stars were 1.) Lemieux 2.) Stanton 3.) Barrasso.

-Jagr extended a scoring streak to eight games.

-On Lemieux's first goal, Francis said, "I told him, if I ever write a book, that one gets a chapter all to itself."

-The Penguins won their franchise record seventh consecutive postseason game.

-The Blackhawks advanced to the Stanley Cup Final by sweeping the Oilers in the Campbell Conference final. It was second time in NHL history both Cup finalists advanced by sweeping in a conference final.

Postseason statistics:

Goals Assists Points
Mario Lemieux, C 11 11 16 27
Ron Francis, C 17 7 17 24
Kevin Stevens, LW 17 11 12 23
Jaromir Jagr, RW 17 9 13 22
Larry Murphy, D 16 5 8 13
Rick Tocchet, RW 10 4 7 11
Troy Loney, LW 17 4 4 8
Bryan Trottier, C 17 4 3 7
Shawn McEachern, C 15 2 5 7
Paul Stanton, D 17 1 6 7
Phil Bourque, LW 17 2 4 6
Joe Mullen, RW 9 3 1 4
Jock Callender, RW 8 1 2 3
Dave Michayluk, LW 6 1 1 2
Kjell Samuelsson, D 11 0 2 2
Bob Errey, LW 11 2 0 2
Gordie Roberts, D 14 0 2 2
Jiri Hrdina, C 17 0 2 2
Ulf Samuelsson, D 17 0 2 2
Mike Needham, RW 5 1 0 1
Jim Paek, D 15 0 1 1
Jay Caufield, LW 9 0 0 0
Grant Jennings, D 10 0 0 0

Also in the news that day:

-Shortstop Jay Bell went 2 for 5 with an RBI for the Pirates in a 5-4 loss to the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

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

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