Today, we look at the Penguins' 6-4 loss to the Blues, Oct. 29, 1992.
The Penguins suffered their first loss of the season at the St. Louis Arena. Just 2:06 into the game, St. Louis took a 1-0 lead when right winger Brett Hull scored a power-play goal off a rebound against former Blues goaltender Ken Wregget. Assists went to right winger Nelson Emerson and defenseman Jeff Brown.
At 9:35 of the first period, center Mario Lemieux tied the game, 1-1, when he scored with a wrister against goaltender Guy Herbert. Left winger Kevin Stevens and defenseman Paul Stanton netted assists.
St. Louis reclaimed the lead, 2-1, at 7:19 of the second period when center Bob Bassen scored on a rebound off assists from left winger David Mackey and former Penguins right winger Rich Sutter.
The Blues went up 3-1 when Brown scored a power-play goal on a breakaway at 13:14. Hull recorded the only assist.
Just over three minutes later at 16:15, Stevens scored to make it a 3-2 game. Lemieux and defenseman Ulf Samuelsson were credited with assists.
Late in the period, another goal by Lemieux tied the game again, 3-3 at the 18:54 mark. Stevens and right winger Rick Tocchet netted assists.
Mackey scored again at 10:47 of the third period to make it a 4-3 game. Assists went to Bassen and Sutter.
The Penguins tied the game yet again when center Ron Francis scored on a power play at 13:43 off assists from defenseman Larry Murphy and Lemieux.
Rookie left winger Jason Ruff scored what proved to be the winning goal at the 16:34 mark. Center Craig Janney and Sutter had assists.
Bassen scored an insurance goal at 17:22 off assists from Sutter and Mackey.
-Wregget made 29 saves in the loss.
-The three stars were 1.) Bassen 2.) Sutter 3.) Lemieux.
-The Penguins had a team-record seven-game winning streak snapped.
-Lemieux extended his season-opening goal-scoring streak to 11 games.
-Ruff's goal was the first of his NHL career.
-Before the game, Blues coach Bob Plager had decided to resign. This was his final game as coach. He was replaced by former Penguins head coach Bob Berry.
-Penguins defenseman Jeff Chychrun, disgruntled over a lack of playing time, left the team and requested a trade.
Patrick Division standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||11||16||20||36|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||11||12||17||29|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||11||7||11||18|
|Ron Francis, C||11||2||14||16|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||9||7||7||14|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||11||7||7||14|
|Larry Murphy, D||11||3||9||12|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||11||2||5||7|
|Paul Stanton, D||11||1||3||4|
|Bryan Fogarty, D||8||0||4||4|
|Mike Needham, RW||9||2||0||2|
|Jim Paek, D||11||1||1||2|
|Dave Tippett, C||11||1||1||2|
|Troy Loney, LW||11||0||2||2|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||11||0||2||2|
|Grant Jennings, D||6||0||1||1|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||11||0||1||1|
|Mike Stapleton, C||11||0||1||1|
|Jeff Chychrun, D||1||0||0||0|
|Jay Caufield, RW||5||0||0||0|
|Jamie Leach, RW||5||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-Pirates outfielders Barry Bonds and Andy Van Slyke were named to the Associated Press' All-Star team.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)