Today, we look at the Penguins' 5-4 win against the Lightning, Nov. 1, 1992.
The Penguins wrapped up a four-game road trip at Expo Hall in Tampa, Fla. against the expansion Lightning. Center Mario Lemieux gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead just 1:25 into the contest when he scored against former Penguins goaltender Wendell Young. Right winger Jaromir Jagr and Shawn McEachern netted assists.
Tampa Bay tied the game, 1-1, when former Penguins right winger Chris Kontos scored with a rebound on a power play at the 3:31 mark against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Assists went to center Brian Bradley and defenseman Doug Crossman.
The Lightning took a 2-1 lead at 15:16 when left winger Rob Zaumuner scored off assists from left winger John Tucker and center Adam Creighton.
Just over a minute later at 16:26, the lead incrased to 3-1 when defenseman Bob Beers scored the first regular season goal of his career. Kontos was credited with the lone assist.
Late in the period, the Penguins responded with a power-play goal by left winger Kevin Stevens at the 19:12 mark. Defenseman Larry Murphy and center Ron Francis netted assists.
At 10:41 of the second period, a goal by McEachern tied the game, 3-3. Assists went to Jagr and defenseman Jim Paek.
Just over two minutes after that, Stevens scored again on a power play to give the Penguins a 4-3 lead. Murphy had the only assist.
Lemieux scored the eventual game-winning goal at the 14:43 mark on another power play off assists from Stevens and Francis.
Defenseman Rob Ramage scored the game's final goal at 11:22 of the third period on a five-on-three power play. Assists were credited to rookie defensemen Roman Hamrlik and Kontos.
-Barrasso made 24 saves in the wins.
-The three stars were: 1.) Lemieux 2.) Stevens 3.) Kontos.
-Young left the game due to an injured shoulder following Lemieux's second goal. He was replaced by goaltender Pat Jablonski.
-Lemieux extended his season-opening goal-scoring streak to 12 games.
-Right winger Joe Mullen made his season debut for the Penguins. A knee injury had sidelined him since the second round of the 1992 playoffs.
-The was the first meeting between the Penguins and Lightning.
Patrick Division standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||12||18||20||38|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||12||14||18||32|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||12||7||13||20|
|Ron Francis, C||12||2||16||18|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||12||8||8||16|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||10||7||7||14|
|Larry Murphy, D||12||3||11||14|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||12||2||5||7|
|Paul Stanton, D||12||1||3||4|
|Bryan Fogarty, D||8||0||4||4|
|Mike Needham, RW||10||2||0||2|
|Jim Paek, D||12||1||1||2|
|Dave Tippett, C||12||1||1||2|
|Troy Loney, LW||12||0||2||2|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||12||0||2||2|
|Grant Jennings, D||7||0||1||1|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||12||0||1||1|
|Mike Stapleton, C||12||0||1||1|
|Jeff Chychrun, D||1||0||0||0|
|Joe Mullen, RW||1||0||0||0|
|Jay Caufield, RW||5||0||0||0|
|Jamie Leach, RW||5||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-Oilers Kicker Al Del Greco missed a 39-yard field goal with six seconds remaining and allowed the Steelers to claim a 21-20 win at Three Rivers Stadium. Steelers quarterback Neil O'Donnell completed 14 of 22 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns for the Steelers.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)