"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' 7-2 loss against the Blackhawks, Nov. 8, 1992
The Penguins lost their second consecutive game at Chicago Stadium in a rematch of the previous season's Stanley Cup Final. Just 4:18 into the contest, center Mario Lemieux gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead with a goal against goaltender Ed Belfour. Assists went to right winger Rick Tocchet and defenseman Larry Murphy.
Chicago tied the game, 1-1, at 6:47 of the first when right winger Dirk Graham scored a shorthanded goal against goaltender Tom Barrasso. The goal was unassisted.
A power-play goal by right winger Jaromir Jagr regained the lead for the Penguins, 2-1, at the 7:39 mark. Lemieux recorded the lone assist.
The Blackhawks tied the game once again, 2-2, when left winger Michel Goulet scored at 15:41 off assists from right winger Steve Larmer and defenseman Karl Dykhuis.
At 8:10 of the second period, Chicago left winger Stephane Matteau scored the eventual game-winning goal. Center Brent Sutter and defenseman Adam Bennett netted assists.
Shortly after that at the 8:21 mark, center Mike Hudson scored to give Chicago a 4-2 lead. Assists went to center Jeremy Roenick and right winger Jocelyn Lemieux.
Goulet scored again on another power play at 1:50 of the third period to make it a 5-2 game. Roenick and defenseman Igor Kravchuk collected assists.
At the 11:23 mark, center Christian Ruuttu scored to increase the Blackhawks' lead to 6-2. Matteau and Kravchuk were credite with assists.
Goulet completed a hat trick by scoring the game's final goal at 15:57 off assists from Sutter and Dykhuis.
-Barrasso made 14 saves in the loss.
-The game's three stars were 1.) Goulet 2.) Roenick 3.) Smith.
-Barrasso had his franchise record 12-game winning streak snapped.
-Goulet's hat trick was the 15th of his career.
Patrick Division standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||16||21||23||44|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||14||15||18||33|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||16||9||13||22|
|Ron Francis, C||16||2||17||19|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||14||9||10||19|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||16||9||9||18|
|Larry Murphy, D||16||4||13||17|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||16||2||7||9|
|Dave Tippett, C||16||2||2||4|
|Paul Stanton, D||16||1||3||4|
|Bryan Fogarty, D||8||0||4||4|
|Joe Mullen, RW||4||1||2||3|
|Jim Paek, D||16||1||2||3|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||16||1||2||3|
|Mike Stapleton, C||16||1||2||3|
|Mike Needham, RW||13||2||0||2|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||16||1||1||2|
|Troy Loney, LW||16||0||2||2|
|Bob Errey, LW||2||0||1||1|
|Grant Jennings, D||9||0||1||1|
|Peter Ahola, D||2||0||0||0|
|Martin Straka, C||2||0||0||0|
|Jay Caufield, RW||5||0||0||0|
|Jamie Leach, RW||5||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-Quarterback Neil O'Donnell threw for 159 yards and two touchdowns for the Steelers in a 28-20 loss to the Bills at Rich Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)