Twenty Years Later - Penguins 3, Blackhawks 1 - 05-28-12

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' 3-1 win against the Blackhawks in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, May 28, 1992.

The Penguins took a 2-0 series lead at the Civic Arena. A backhanded shorthanded goal by left winger Bob Errey against goaltender Ed Belfour gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead at 9:52 of the first period. Defenseman Jim Paek recorded the only assist.

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At 10:24 of the second period, defenseman Bryan Marchment scored against goaltender Tom Barrasso to tie the game, 1-1. Right winger Brian Noonan and left winger Greg Gilbert netted assists.

Center Mario Lemieux netted the eventual game-winning goal with a one-timer from the slot on a power play at the 12:55 mark. The only assist went to right winger Rick Tocchet.

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Lemieux scored his second goal of the game at 15:23 on a one-timer from the right circle. Tocchet and defenseman Kjell Samuelsson had assists.

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-Barrasso made 18 saves in the win.

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

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

-Despite missing five games due to a broken hand, Lemieux tied an NHL record with his fifth game-winning goal of the postseason. The record was shared by Islanders right winger Mike Bossy (1983), Oilers right winger Jari Kurri (1987) and North Stars center Bobby Smith (1991).

-Prior to the game, Blackhawks coach Mike Keenan ripped Lemieux and accused Lemieux of diving during Game 1. Keenan said: "I can't respect Mario for diving. It's an embarrassment, an embarrassment to the game, an embarrassment to the players he plays with. Mario has got the 'Mario Rule.' He's a protected player and therefore they dont' call dives on him."

-Lemieux offered no comment on Keenan after the game.

-With the series shifting to Chicago Stadium for Games 3 and 4, Lemieux said: "We're going there to win one and come back home."

Postseason statistics:

Goals Assists Points
Mario Lemieux, C 13 15 16 31
Ron Francis, C 19 7 19 26
Kevin Stevens, LW 19 11 13 24
Jaromir Jagr, RW 19 10 13 23
Rick Tocchet, RW 12 5 10 15
Larry Murphy, D 18 5 9 14
Troy Loney, LW 19 4 4 8
Shawn McEachern, C 17 2 6 8
Paul Stanton, D 19 1 7 8
Bryan Trottier, C 19 4 3 7
Phil Bourque, LW 19 2 5 7
Joe Mullen, RW 9 3 1 4
Bob Errey, LW 13 3 0 3
Kjell Samuelsson, D 13 0 3 3
Jock Callender, RW 10 1 2 3
Dave Michayluk, LW 6 1 1 2
Gordie Roberts, D 16 0 2 2
Jim Paek, D 17 0 2 2
Jiri Hrdina, C 19 0 2 2
Ulf Samuelsson, D 19 0 2 2
Mike Needham, RW 5 1 0 1
Jay Caufield, LW 9 0 0 0
Grant Jennings, D 10 0 0 0

Also in the news today:

-In the second round of the French Open at Roland Garros stadium in Paris, top seeded Jim Courier defeated unseeded Thomas Muster, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.

-A tractor trailer overturned on the ramp connecting Interstate 279 and the Tenth Street Bypass and dumped boxes of Nestle's Crunch, Butterfingers and Baby Ruth Candy Bars into Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh.

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

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