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Twenty Years Later: Flyers 3, Penguins 3 - 10-06-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

"Twenty Years Later" is a segment with a highly unimaginative name which will appear on Empty Netters throughout the 2012-13 season. We will examine the Penguins' 1992-93 season which led to the only President's Trophy in franchise history. The 1992-93 squad is commonly regarded as the most talented in the history of the Penguins. We will look back on games on a particular date.

Today, we look at the Penguins' 3-3 tie with the Flyers, Oct. 6, 1992.


The defending Stanley Cup Champions opened the season at home at the Civic Arena. Just 46 seconds into the game, center Mario Lemieux gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead with a goal against goaltender Dominic Roussel. Defenseman Ulf Samuelsson recorded the only assist.

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At 5:34 of the first period, a power-play goal by left winger Kevin Stevens made it a 2-0 lead. Assists went to ex-Flyers right winger Rick Tocchet and center Ron Francis.

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Philadelphia got on the scoreboard at 15:07 when left winger Brent Fedyk scored against goaltender Tom Barrasso. The only assist was netted by former Penguins right winger Mark Recchi.

Tocchet scored his first goal of the season off a re-direction at 15:51 of the second period on a power play to give the Penguins a 3-1 lead. Lemieux and Stevens had assists.

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Just 31 seconds into the third period, rookie center Eric Lindros scored his first career goal to make it a 3-2 game. The goal was unassisted.

Less than a minute later, Philadelphia tied the game, 3-3, when left winger Doug Evans scored off assists from center Rod Brind'Amour and defenseman Garry Galley.

Notes:

-Barrasso made 26 saves in the tie.

-The day prior, Lemieux had signed a seven-year contract extension with the Penguins worth a total of $42 million. The deal made him the highest-paid player in hockey.

-The Penguins debuted new jerseys with a "modernized" triangle logo on the chest.

-Lindros, the top overall pick in the 1991 draft, made his NHL debut.

-The game was carried nationally on ESPN. It was the first NHL game on ESPN after the league had spent four years with SportsChannel America.

Patrick Division standings:


Record Points
Devils 1-0-0 2
Capitals 1-0-0 2
Flyers 0-0-1 1
Penguins 0-0-1 1
Rangers 0-0-0 0
Islanders 0-1-0 0

Statistics:

Player
Position
Games
Played
Goals Assists Points
Mario Lemieux, C 1 1 1 2
Kevin Stevens, LW 1 1 1 2
Rick Tocchet, RW 1 1 1 2
Ron Francis, C 1 0 1 1
Ulf Samuelsson, D 1 0 1 1
Jeff Daniels, LW 1 0 0 0
Jaromir Jagr 1 0 0 0
Grant Jennings, D 1 0 0 0
Jamie Leach, RW 1 0 0 0
Troy Loney, LW 1 0 0 0
Shawn McEachern, LW 1 0 0 0
Larry Murphy, D 1 0 0 0
Mike Needham, RW 1 0 0 0
Jim Paek, D 1 0 0 0
Kjell Samuelsson, D 1 0 0 0
Mike Stapleton, C 1 0 0 0
Dave Tippett, C 1 0 0 0

Also in the news that day:

-Second baseman Jose Lind went 2 for 3 with a home run and one RBI for the Pirates who fell, 5-1, to the Braves in Game 1 of the National League Championship series at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

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

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