Today, we look at the Penguins' 11-3 win against the New York Rangers, Nov. 25, 1992.
The Penguins had a three-game winning streak snapped at the Civic Arena in the second game of a home and home series. Center Mario Lemieux gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead 14 seconds into the game with a goal against goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck. Assists went to defenseman Jim Paek and right winger Jaromir Jagr.
New York tied the game, 1-1, when center Mark Messier scored on a breakaway against goaltender Tom Barrasso at 5:32 of the first period. Left winger Adam Graves and center Darren Tucotte collected assists.
The Rangers took a 2-1 lead when Turcotte scored his 10th goal of the season just over two minutes later at the 7:46 mark off assists from left winger Kris King and right winger Paul Broten.
The Penguins re-tied the game, 2-2, when center Ron Francis scored a short-handed goal at 12:01. Lemieux and defenseman Ulf Samuelsson were credited with assists.
A power-play goal at 16:58 by right winger Tony Amonte regained the lead for the Rangers, 3-2. Assists went to defensemen Brian Leetch and Mike Hurlbut.
The Penguins tied the game yet again at 4:10 of the second period when right winger Mike Needham scored off an assist from defenseman Larry Murphy.
At 12:43, Turcotte scored what proved to be the game-winning goal off assists from Graves and Leetch.
New York made it a 5-3 game at the 16:53 mark with a short-handed goal by Leetch. Messier collected the lone assist.
Just 3:38 into the third period, Messier scored again to double the lead, 6-3. The only assist went to Amonte.
Just under a minute later at 4:37, a goal by Broten made it a 7-3 score. Turcotte collected the lone assist.
At the 7:19 mark, Graves scored again against goaltender Ken Wregget to give New York an 8-3 advantage. Messier and defenseman James Patrick were credited with assists.
Hurlbut scored his first career goal at 13:44 off assists from Leetch and Messier.
Graves scored the game's final goal at 17:58 and completed his hat trick. Assists went to center Doug Weight and Messier.
-Barrasso made 24 saves in the loss.
-The three stars were: 1.) Messier 2.) Graves 3.) Turcotte.
-The Penguins set a team record for most goals allowed and largest deficit of defeat in a home game.
-Dating back to the 1991-92 season, the Penguins had a 21-game home winning streak snapped. Their previous loss at the Civic Arena was a 8-4 defeat to the Whalers, Feb. 23, 1992.
-Hurtbut's goal would prove to be the only one of his NHL career.
-Rangers left winger Phil Bourque played his first game in the Civic Arena since leaving the Penguins as a free agent in the offseason.
Patrick Division standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||24||26||35||60|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||14||15||18||33|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||21||14||16||30|
|Ron Francis, C||24||5||20||25|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||24||9||15||24|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||24||13||10||23|
|Larry Murphy, D||24||4||16||20|
|Joe Mullen, RW||12||5||7||12|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||22||2||8||10|
|Paul Stanton, D||22||1||4||5|
|Dave Tippett, C||21||2||2||4|
|Mike Needham, RW||21||4||0||4|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||24||2||2||4|
|Jim Paek, D||24||1||3||4|
|Mike Stapleton, C||24||1||3||4|
|Bryan Fogarty, D||12||0||4||4|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||24||1||2||3|
|Bob Errey, LW||9||1||1||2|
|Troy Loney, LW||21||0||2||2|
|Martin Straka, C||6||0||1||1|
|Peter Ahola, D||8||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:
-Pitt head football coach Paul Hackett re-signed with one game remaining in the season. He would be replaced by assistant head coach Sal Sunseri on an interim basis. In three seasons at Pitt, Hackett had a 13-20-1 record.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)