Twenty Years Later - Penguins 6, Blackhawks 5 - 06-01-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

"Twenty Years Later" is a segment with a highly unimaginative name which will appear on Empty Netters throughout the 2010-11 season is appearing for the final time this season. We will examine the Penguins' 1991-92 season which led to the first 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' 5-4 defeat of the Blackhawks in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, June 1, 1992.

The Penguins won the second Stanley Cup championship in franchise history at Chicago Stadium. Just 1:37 into the game, right winger Jaromir Jagr scored with a wrister against goaltender Ed Belfour to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead. Left winger Troy Loney netted the only assist.

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A goal by right winger Dirk Graham against goaltender Tom Barrasso tied the game, 1-1. Assists went to left winger Stephane Matteau and defenseman Chris Chelios.

Just over 10 seconds later a backhanded goal by left winger Kevin Stevens regained the lead for the Penguins, 2-1. Center Mario Lemieux and right winger Rick Tocchet were credited with assists.

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Shortly after that, a second goal by Graham tied the game again, 2-2 at the 6:51 mark. Chelios had the lone assist.

A backhanded power-play goal off a rebound by Lemieux against goaltender Dominik Hasek at 10:13 gave the Penguins a 3-2 advantage. Defenseman Larry Murphy and Stevens netted assists.

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Graham completed his hat trick and tied the game again, 3-3, at 16:18 off assists from right wingers Jocelyn Lemieux and Brian Noonan.

Just 58 seconds into the second period, Tocchet scored to make it a 4-3 game. Mario Lemieux and Stevens had assists.

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Late in the period at 15:40, center Jeremy Roenick scored his first goal of the series to tie the game, 4-4. Noonan and left winger Greg Gilbert netted assists.

At 4:51 of the third period, Murphy scored with a wrister from the right circle to regain the lead for the Penguins 5-4. Tocchet had the only assist.

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The Penguins took a 6-4 lead at 7:59 when Francis scored on a two-on-one off assists from center Shawn McEachern and defenseman Jim Paek.

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A goal by Roenick at 11:18 pulled the Blackhawks within one goal. Assists went to left winger Stu Grimson and former Penguins defenseman Rod Buskas.


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-Barrasso made 24 saves in the victory.

-Mario Lemieux won the Conn Smythe Award as postseason MVP for the second consecutive year. He joined Flyers goaltender Bernie Parent (1974 and 75) as the only other player to win the award in consecutive years.

-Of the award, Lemieux said Barrasso should have won it. Said Lemieux, "I thought it was Tommy's all the way. I missed six games. And against Washington, Tommy was spectacular. And against New York, he was unbelievable. This should have gone to Tommy, that's for sure."

-When told of Lemieux' comments, Barrasso responded, "No, no, no. Mario's the best player in the world. Without him, we might not even make the playoffs and we wouldn't have an opportunity to win the Stanley Cup."

-The Penguins tied the NHL record for most consecutive postseason wins with 11. The Blackhawks had set the record intially earlier that postseason.

-After being accused by Blackhawks coach Mike Keenan of diving earlier in the series, Lemieux said, "I'm just going to go into the (locker) room now and try to dive into the Cup."

-Said Tocchet, "At the end of the game, I was numb from the excitement. The last 10 seconds of the game seemed to take hours."

-Tocchet, who was acquired from the Flyers at the trade deadline, said his summer plans with the Stanley Cup were "taking the Cup to Philadelphia right up and down Broad Street."

-With talk of his team becoming a dynasty, Stevens said, "We should be up there with the Oilers and the Islanders."

-Of his predecessor, interim head coach Scotty Bowman said, "(Bob Johnson) gave them the idea of how to win. We just kept it going."

-Center Bryan Trottier became the 12th player in NHL history to win six Stanley Cup championships.

-Bowman won his sixth Stanley Cup as a head coach. The previous five were with the Canadiens.

-Graham's first career hat trick tied a postseason record for most goals in a period.

-For the first time, the NHL played a game in June.

-The players, coaches and staff listed on the Stanley Cup for the 1992 championship are:

Morris Belzberg (owner), Howard Baldwin (owner/president), Thomas Ruta (owner), Donn Patton (vice president), Paul Martha (vice president), Craig Patrick (vice president/general manager), Bob Johnson (Coach), Scott Bowman (head coach/director of player Development-Recruitment), Barry Smith, Rick Kehoe, Pierre McGuire, Gilles Meloche, Rick Paterson (assistant coaches), Steve Latin (equipment manager), Skip Thayer (trainer), John Welday (strength-conditioning coach), Greg Malone, Les Binkley, Charlie Hodge, John Gill, Ralph Cox (scouts).

Mario Lemieux (captain), Ron Francis, Bryan Trottier, Kevin Stevens, Bob Errey, Phil Bourque, Troy Loney, Rick Tocchet, Joe Mullen, Jaromir Jagr, Jiri Hrdina, Shawn McEachern, Ulf Samuelsson, Kjell Samuelsson, Larry Murphy, Gord Roberts, Jim Paek, Paul Stanton, Tom Barrasso, Ken Wregget, Jay Caufield, Jamie Leach, Wendell Young, Grant Jennings, Peter Taglianetti, Jock Callander, Dave Michayluk, Mike Needham, Jeff Chychrun, Ken Preistlay, Jeff Daniels.

Postseason statistics:

Goals Assists Points
Mario Lemieux, C 15 16 18 34
Kevin Stevens, LW 21 13 15 28
Ron Francis, C 21 8 19 27
Jaromir Jagr, RW 21 11 13 24
Rick Tocchet, RW 14 6 12 17
Larry Murphy, D 21 6 10 16
Shawn McEachern, C 19 2 8 10
Troy Loney, LW 21 4 5 9
Paul Stanton, D 21 1 7 8
Bryan Trottier, C 21 4 3 7
Phil Bourque, LW 21 2 5 7
Joe Mullen, RW 9 3 1 4
Jim Paek, D 19 0 4 4
Bob Errey, LW 14 3 0 3
Jock Callender, RW 12 1 2 3
Kjell Samuelsson, D 15 0 3 3
Dave Michayluk, LW 7 1 1 2
Gordie Roberts, D 18 0 2 2
Jiri Hrdina, C 21 0 2 2
Ulf Samuelsson, D 21 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 that day:

-Second baseman Jose Lind when 3 for 4 with two RBIs for the Pirates who lost to the Dodgers, 8-6, at Three River Stadium.

(Photo: Fred Jewell/Associated Press: Videos: Jay Korber)

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