Throughout the summer, www.PittsburghPenguins.com will periodically present a PNC Wealth Management "Legendary Moment" from the PNC Legends Level Suites at CONSOL Energy Center. Each display features an incredible moment from Penguins history, complete with a description, photos and actual keepsakes from the event.
"THE BUILDING CAME UNHINGED" May 26, 1992
Mere seconds remained in regulation time of Game 1 of the 1992 Stanley Cup Final at the Civic Arena. The Penguins, who once trailed the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-1, had clawed back to tie the game at 4-4, and now they were on a power play.
The crowd of 16,164 already was in a frenzy as Ron Francis won the draw back to Larry Murphy, who launched a shot at the Chicago net. Goaltender Ed Belfour made the save, but the puck squirted into the left circle, where – as if pre-ordained by the hockey gods – Mario Lemieux was waiting to pounce.
All it took was a flick of Lemieux’s wrists.
The dramatic goal at 19:47 of the third period gave the Penguins a 5-4 victory and set off maybe the wildest, loudest celebration in the history of the old arena. Said one longtime observer, “I think the building came unhinged.”
Photos from the PNC display on the suite level of CONSOL Energy Center: