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Twenty Years Later - Penguins 4, Sabres 2 - 11-17-12

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 win against the Buffalo Sabres, Nov. 17, 1992.


The Penguins snapped a two-game winless streak at the Civic Arena. Right winger Joe Mullen opened the scoring 8:05 into the game and gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead with a goal against goaltender Dominik Hasek. Right winger Rick Tocchet and center Mario Lemieux netted assists.

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Less than three minutes later at 10:46 of the first period, Tocchet scored his 10th goal of the season with a backhander to make it a 2-0 lead. The only assist was recorded by ex-Sabres goaltender Tom Barrasso.

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Lemieux scored at 7:01 of the second period on a breakaway to make it a 3-0 game. Defenseman Larry Murphy was credited with the lone assist.

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Buffalo's first goal was scored at the 9:49 mark by center Dale Hawerchuk with a wrister. Former Penguins defenseman Doug Bodger collected the only assist.

Just 1:49 into the third period, Tocchet scored again on a power play off assists from Murphy and right winger Jaromir Jagr.

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Late in the game at the 18:58 mark, center Pat LaFontaine scored the game's final goal while short-handed. Right winger Alexander Mogilny and defenseman Gord Donnelly collected assists.

Notes:

-Barrasso made 23 saves in the victory. He recorded his 88th career victory with the Penguins and tied goaltender Denis Herron's franchise record.

-The three stars were: 1.) Tocchet 2.) Murphy 3.) Penguins defenseman Kjell Samuelsson.

-The Penguins extended a home unbeaten streak dating back to the 1991-92 season to 19 games (17-0-2).

-Sabres left winger Dave Andreychuk had a 17-game scoring streak snapped.

Patrick Division standings:


Record Points
Penguins 13-4-3 29
Devils 10-7-0 20
Rangers 9-7-2 20
Flyers 7-8-3 17
Islanders 7-9-1 15
Capitals 7-10-1 15

Statistics:

Player
Position
Games
Played
Goals Assists Points
Mario Lemieux, C 20 23 29 52
Kevin Stevens, LW 14 15 18 33
Rick Tocchet, RW 17 11 12 23
Jaromir Jagr, RW 20 9 14 23
Shawn McEachern, LW 20 11 10 21
Ron Francis, C 20 3 18 21
Larry Murphy, D 20 4 15 19
Ulf Samuelsson, D 18 2 7 9
Joe Mullen, RW 8 4 4 8
Paul Stanton, D 20 1 4 5
Dave Tippett, C 20 2 2 4
Mike Stapleton, C 20 1 3 4
Bryan Fogarty, D 12 0 4 4
Jeff Daniels, LW 20 2 1 3
Jim Paek, D 20 1 2 3
Kjell Samuelsson, D 20 1 2 3
Mike Needham, RW 17 2 0 2
Bob Errey, LW 5 1 1 2
Troy Loney, LW 18 0 2 2
Peter Ahola, D 4 0 1 1
Martin Straka, C 5 0 1 1
Grant Jennings, D 9 0 1 1
Jamie Leach, RW 5 0 0 0
Jay Caufield, RW 6 0 0 0

Also in the news that day:

-In Major League Baseball's expansion draft, the Pirates lost pitcher Danny Jackson and infielder Ramon Martinez to the Florida Marlins and outfielder Alex Cole to the Colorado Rockies.

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

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