Twenty Years Later - Penguins 9, Sharks 4 - 12-05-12

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' 9-4 win against the San Jose Sharks, Dec. 5, 1992.

The Penguins finished up a three-game road trip at the Cow Palace in Daly City, Calif. A goal off a wrister by right winger Mike Needham against goaltender Brian Hayward 6:53 into the game gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead. Assists went to right winger Joe Mullen and center Ron Francis.

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At 14:12 of the first perod, the Penguins increased the lead to 2-0 when Francis scored on a power play with a slapper from the left circle off assists from center Mario Lemieux and right winger Rick Tocchet.

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Late in the period, the Penguins made it a 3-0 game when Mullen scored with a tip-in on another power play. Defenseman Larry Murphy and Lemieux collected assists.

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The Sharks got on the scoreboard just 45 seconds into the second period when left winger Johan Garpenlov scored against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Assists were credited to center Kelly Kisio and defenseman Doug Wilson.

A power-play goal off a slapper from the right circle by defenseman Paul Stanton at the 13:16 mark made it a 4-1 game. Lemieux and defenseman Ulf Samuelsson collected assists.

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Right winger Rob Gaudreau made the score 5-2 with a goal late in the period at 18:28 off assists from Garpenlov and Kisio.

Just over a minute later at the 19:33 mark, Murphy scored the eventual game-winning goal with a slapper from the left point. Lemieux and Tocchet netted assists.

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Murphy scored again just 57 second into the third period with a backhander to make it a 6-2 contest off assists from Francis and right winger Jaromir Jagr.

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Less than a minute later at 1:52, Garpenlov scored another goal making the score, 6-3. Kiso was credited with the lone assist.

Shortly after that, a short-handed goal from the left circle by Francis at 2:55 put the Penguins up 7-3. Assists went to Lemieux and Samuelsson.

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Just under 10 minutes later at 12:50, Jagr scored from in front of the crease to make it an 8-4 game. Lemieux had the lone assist.

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The Penguins' final goal was scored by Lemieux on a backhander at the 14:11 mark on a power play off assists from Samuelsson and Barrasso.

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Kisio wrapped up the scoring at 14:22. Assists went to defensemen Sandis Ozolinsh and Jay More.


-Barrasso made 39 saves in the victory.

-The Penguins' power play went 5 for 7.

-Lemieux tied a career high with six assists.

Patrick Division standings:

Record Points
Penguins 19-7-3 41
Devils 13-11-1 27
Rangers 12-11-3 27
Capitals 12-13-2 26
Flyers 10-10-4 24
Islanders 9-12-4 22


Goals Assists Points
Mario Lemieux, C 28 31 44 75
Kevin Stevens, LW 19 19 22 41
Rick Tocchet, RW 26 19 22 41
Ron Francis, C 29 9 26 35
Larry Murphy, D 29 6 25 31
Jaromir Jagr, RW 29 11 19 29
Shawn McEachern, LW 29 15 12 27
Joe Mullen, RW 17 7 10 17
Ulf Samuelsson, D 25 2 12 14
Paul Stanton, D 27 2 4 6
Mike Needham, RW 26 5 0 5
Jim Paek, D 29 2 3 5
Mike Stapleton, C 29 1 4 5
Dave Tippett, C 22 2 2 4
Jeff Daniels, LW 29 2 2 4
Bryan Fogarty, D 12 0 4 4
Kjell Samuelsson, D 26 1 2 3
Troy Loney, LW 26 0 3 3
Bob Errey, LW 14 1 1 2
Martin Straka, C 7 0 1 1
Peter Ahola, D 12 0 1 1
Grant Jennings, D 14 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 outfielder Barry Bonds, the reigning National League MVP, reached a tentative agreement to join the San Francisco Giants as a free agent.

(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)

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