Today, we look at the Penguins' 7-2 win against the Whalers, Oct. 17, 1992.
The Penguins extended their unbeaten streak to six games at the Hartford Civic Center. At 7:56 into the contest, Penguins left winger Kevin Stevens opened the scoring with a power-play goal off a backhander from the slot against goaltender Sean Burke. Former Whalers center Ron Francis and defenseman Larry Murphy netted assists.
The Penguins took a 2-0 lead at 12:50 when Stevens scored another power play goal off assists from right winger Jaromir Jagr and Murphy.
A goal by center Mario Lemieux at 16:15 made it a 3-0 game. Goaltender Tom Barrasso recorded the only assist.
Shortly after that, Right winger Shawn McEachern scored at 16:53 with a wrister to put the Penguins up, 4-0. Francis and Jagr were given credit for assists.
The Whalers got their first goal just 1:27 into the second period when center Murray Craven scored off assists from right winger Pat Verbeek and center Andrew Cassels.
Stevens completed his hat trick at the 8:20 mark on another power play with a goal against former Penguins goaltender Frank Pietrangelo. Lemieux and Jagr had assists.
Just over a minute later at 9:40, Stevens scored his fourth goal of the game. It was an unassisted score.
Former Penguins center John Cullen scored on a power-play at 16:31 to make it a 6-2 game. Assists went to ex-Penguins defenseman Zarley Zalapski and Cassels.
Another former Penguin, left winger Randy Cunneyworth, scored at 4:07 of the third period to make the score 6-3. Cassels and Verbeek were credited with assists.
Right winger Rick Tocchet scored the game's final goal for the Penguins at 8:26 on a power play. Stevens and Francis had assists.
-Barrasso made 28 saves in the victory.
-The three stars were 1.) Stevens 2.) Jagr 3.) Francis.
-Stevens' four goals were a career best and his hat trick was the seventh of his career.
-Burke replaced Pietrangelo at 3:10 of the third period.
-At 1-5-0, the Whalers were off to the worst start in franchise history since joining the NHL in 1979.
Patrick Division standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||6||7||12||19|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||6||9||7||16|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||6||4||7||11|
|Ron Francis, C||6||1||8||9|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||4||3||3||6|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||6||3||3||6|
|Larry Murphy, D||6||3||3||6|
|Bryan Fogarty, D||3||0||3||3|
|Paul Stanton, D||6||1||1||2|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||6||0||2||2|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||6||0||2||2|
|Mike Needham, RW||5||1||0||1|
|Grant Jennings, D||5||0||1||1|
|Troy Loney, LW||6||0||1||1|
|Jay Caufield, RW||2||0||0||0|
|Jamie Leach, RW||5||0||0||0|
|Mike Stapleton, C||6||0||0||0|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||6||0||0||0|
|Jim Paek, D||6||0||0||0|
|Dave Tippett, C||6||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-Running back Lyron Brooks rushed for two touchdowns and helped Pitt defeat Temple, 27-20, at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.
-Wide receiver O.J. McDuffie had 11 catches for 212 yards and a touchdown for No. 9 Penn State which fell to No. 20 Boston College, 35-32, at Beaver Stadium in State College.
-Running back Adrian Murrell ran for 84 yards and two touchdowns for No. 24 West Virginia which lost to No. 14 Syracuse, 20-17, at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, W.Va.
-Pitcher Tom Glavine allowed one earned run over nine innings for the Braves who defeated the Blue Jays, 3-1, in Game 1 of the World Series at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)