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Twenty Years Later - Maple Leafs 4, Penguins 2 - 11-07-12

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 the date they happened.

Today, we look at the Penguins' 4-2 loss against the Maple Leafs, Nov. 7, 1992.


The Penguins opened a three-game road trip at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. Just 3:16 into the game, Mario Lemieux gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead with his 20th goal of the season against goaltender Felix Potvin. Right winger Joe Mullen netted the only assist.

Toronto tied the game, 1-1, when center Doug Gilmour scored a shorthanded goal against former Maple Leafs goaltender Ken Wregget. The lone assist was credited to left winger Mike Krushelnyski.

The Penguins re-gained the lead, 2-1, at 2:48 of the second period when center Dave Tippett scored off assists from center Mike Stapleton and left winger Bob Errey.

Shortly after that, the Maple Leafs tied the game once again, 2-2, with a goal by former Penguins center Dave McLlwain. Assists were recorded by defenseman Sylvain Lefebvre and left winger Wendel Clark.

Rookie right winger Nikolai Borschevsky scored the eventual game-winning goal on a power play at the 11:01 mark. Gilmour and defenseman Dmitri Mironov were credited with assists.

An empty-net goal on a power play by Clark at 19:16 of the third period secured the win for the Maple Leafs. Defenseman Jamie Macoun and Gilmour had assists.

Notes:

-Wregget made 26 saves in the loss.

-The three stars were: 1.) Potvin 2.) Lefebvre 3.) Clark.

-Errey made his season debut after missing the first 14 games of the season due to an ankle injury.

-Center Martin Straka, the Penguins' first-round pick in that year's draft, made his NHL debut.

-Two days after being acquired in a trade, defenseman Peter Ahola made his debut with the Penguins.

-Penguins left winger Kevin Stevens missed the game due to a left knee injury.

Patrick Division standings:


Record Points
Penguins 11-2-2 24
Rangers 9-4-2 20
Devils 7-6-0 14
Islanders 6-8-1 13
Capitals 6-8-1 13
Flyers 4-8-3 11

Statistics:

Player
Position
Games
Played
Goals Assists Points
Mario Lemieux, C 15 20 23 43
Kevin Stevens, LW 14 15 18 33
Jaromir Jagr, RW 15 8 13 21
Ron Francis, C 15 2 17 19
Rick Tocchet, RW 13 9 9 18
Shawn McEachern, LW 15 9 9 18
Larry Murphy, D 15 4 12 16
Ulf Samuelsson, D 15 2 7 9
Dave Tippett, C 15 2 2 4
Paul Stanton, D 15 1 3 4
Bryan Fogarty, D 8 0 4 4
Joe Mullen, RW 4 1 2 3
Jim Paek, D 15 1 2 3
Kjell Samuelsson, D 15 1 2 3
Mike Stapleton, C 15 1 2 3
Mike Needham, RW 12 2 0 2
Jeff Daniels, LW 15 1 1 2
Troy Loney, LW 15 0 2 2
Bob Errey, LW 1 0 1 1
Grant Jennings, D 9 0 1 1
Peter Ahola, D 1 0 0 0
Martin Straka, C 1 0 0 0
Jay Caufield, RW 5 0 0 0
Jamie Leach, RW 5 0 0 0

Also in the news that day:

-Mike Keenan resigned as the Blackhawks' general manager.

(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)

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