Twenty Years Later - Penguins 7, Islanders 3- 12-01-12

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' 7-3 win against the New York Islanders, Nov. 27, 1992.

The Penguins opened a three-game road trip at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. Just 1:55 into the contest, the Penguins took a 1-0 lead when center Ron Francis scored on a wrister against goaltender Glenn Healy. The only assist went to right winger Joe Mullen.

Just over a minute later at 3:06 of the first period, the Penguins increased their lead to 2-0 with a tap-in goal by right winger Rick Tocchet off assists from left winger Kevin Stevens and center Mario Lemieux.

At the 12:54 mark, the Penguins went up 3-0 when right winger Jaromir Jagr scored his 10th goal of the season with a wrister. Right winger Shawn McEachern and left winger Troy Loney were credited with assists.

Lemieux scored his 30th goal of the season with a one-timer against goaltender Mark Fitzpatrick made it a 4-0 game at 5:05 of the second period. Assists were recorded by Mullen and Jagr.

Late in the period at 18:12, a power-play goal off a tap-in by Tocchet increased the lead to 5-0. Stevens and defenseman Larry Murphy collected assists.

Just 1:58 into the third period, Mullen scored off an assist from Francis to put the Penguins up 6-0.

New York finally got on the scoreboard at the 9:21 mark when left winger Bill Berg scored a short-handed goal against goaltender Tom Barrasso. The only assist went to center Tom Fitzgerald.

Stevens scored the Penguins' final goal of the game at 15:07 on a power play off assists from Murphy and Lemieux.

A power-play goal by right winger Steve Thomas at the 18:07 mark made it a 7-2 game. Assists went to defensemen Tom Kurvers and Jeff Norton.

The final goal of the game was scored late at 19:22 by center Claude Loiselle. Right winger Patrick Flatley and Kurvers collected assists.


-Barrasso made 19 saves in the win.

-The three stars were: 1.) Stevens 2.) Tocchet 3. Lemieux.

-The Penguins extended a road winning streak against the Islanders to five games.

-Responding to a question regarding his bid, for a shutout, Barrasso admitted, "In the third period, I lost interest a lot. I didn't have a shot for five minutes. My mind wandered off."

Patrick Division standings:

Record Points
Penguins 18-6-3 39
Devils 13-10-0 26
Rangers 11-10-3 25
Capitals 11-13-2 24
Flyers 9-10-4 22
Islanders 9-12-3 21


Goals Assists Points
Mario Lemieux, C 27 30 38 67
Kevin Stevens, LW 17 19 21 40
Rick Tocchet, RW 24 18 19 37
Ron Francis, C 27 6 24 30
Jaromir Jagr, RW 27 10 18 27
Larry Murphy, D 27 4 23 27
Shawn McEachern, LW 27 15 11 26
Joe Mullen, RW 15 6 9 15
Ulf Samuelsson, D 24 2 9 11
Paul Stanton, D 25 1 4 5
Dave Tippett, C 21 2 2 4
Mike Needham, RW 24 4 0 4
Jeff Daniels, LW 27 2 2 4
Jim Paek, D 27 1 3 4
Mike Stapleton, C 27 1 3 4
Bryan Fogarty, D 12 0 4 4
Kjell Samuelsson, D 26 1 2 3
Troy Loney, LW 24 0 3 3
Bob Errey, LW 12 1 1 2
Martin Straka, C 6 0 1 1
Peter Ahola, D 10 0 1 1
Grant Jennings, D 12 0 1 1
Jamie Leach, RW 5 0 0 0
Jay Caufield, RW 7 0 0 0

Also in the news that day:

-Former Pirates pitcher Doug Drabek signed a four-year deal with the Houston Astros worth $19.5 million.

(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)

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