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Twenty Years Later - Penguins 5, Rangers 2 - 11-23-12

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' 5-2 win against the New York Rangers, Nov. 23, 1992.


The Penguins won their third consecutive game at Madison Square Garden. Right winger Mike Needham gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead 6:03 into the contest with a goal against goaltender Mike Richter. Left winger Jeff Daniels recorded the lone assist.

A goal off a slapper by right winger Joe Mullen at 16:37 of the third period made it a 2-0 game. Assists went to right winger Rick Tocchet and center Mario Lemieux.

The Rangers' first goal was scored at 2:53 of the second period on a power play by center Mark Messier against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Right winger Tony Amonte and center Darren Turcotte netted assists.

Lemieux scored the eventual game-winning goal at the 6:11 mark. The goal was unassisted.

Another power-play goal by Rangers right winger Mike Gartner made it a 3-2 contest. Assists were credited to Messier and defenseman James Patrick.

At 18:32 of the third period, Lemieux scored again against goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck to give the Penguins a 4-2 lead. Tocchet had the only assist.

Tocchet secured the win at 19:35 with an empty net goal off an assist from Mullen.

Notes:

-Barrasso made 39 saves in the win.

-The three stars were 1.) Barrasso 2.) Lemieux 3.) Messier.

Patrick Division standings:


Record Points
Penguins 16-4-3 35
Devils 11-9-0 22
Rangers 10-9-2 22
Flyers 8-9-4 20
Islanders 8-10-2 18
Capitals 8-12-2 18

Statistics:

Player
Position
Games
Played
Goals Assists Points
Mario Lemieux, C 23 25 34 59
Kevin Stevens, LW 14 15 18 33
Rick Tocchet, RW 20 14 16 30
Ron Francis, C 23 4 20 24
Shawn McEachern, LW 23 13 10 23
Jaromir Jagr, RW 23 9 14 23
Larry Murphy, D 23 4 15 19
Joe Mullen, RW 11 5 7 12
Ulf Samuelsson, D 21 2 7 9
Paul Stanton, D 22 1 4 5
Dave Tippett, C 21 2 2 4
Jeff Daniels, LW 23 2 2 4
Mike Stapleton, C 24 1 3 4
Bryan Fogarty, D 12 0 4 4
Mike Needham, RW 20 3 0 3
Jim Paek, D 23 1 2 3
Kjell Samuelsson, D 23 1 2 3
Bob Errey, LW 8 1 1 2
Troy Loney, LW 21 0 2 2
Martin Straka, C 6 0 1 1
Peter Ahola, D 7 0 1 1
Grant Jennings, D 9 0 1 1
Jamie Leach, RW 5 0 0 0
Jay Caufield, RW 7 0 0 0

Also in the news that day:

-The Hartford Whalers traded former Penguins center John Cullen to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a conditional second-round draft pick.

(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)

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