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Twenty Years Later: Devils 2, Penguins 1 - 12-11-12

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' 2-1 loss against the New Jersey Devils, Dec. 11, 1992.


The Penguins had a two-game winning streak snapped at Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, N.J. Just 3:51 into the game, a backhanded goal by right winger Shawn McEachern against goaltender Chris Terreri gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead. Left winger Bob Errey recorded the lone assist.

Just over five minutes later at 8:58 of the first period, New Jersey tied the game, 1-1, when left winger Stephane Richer scored with a slapper against goaltender Tom Barrasso. The only assist went to defenseman Bruce Driver.

A short-handed breakaway goal by center Alexander Semak at 7:43 of the second period proved to be the game-winning score. Defenseman Alexei Kasatonov recorded an assist.

Notes:

-Barrasso made 28 saves in the loss.

-The three stars were 1.) Semak 2.) Terreri 3.) Devils defenseman Scott Stevens.

-Semak scored the first short-handed goal of his career.

-The Devils recorded their first win in four meetings that season with the Penguins.

-Each team's power play was 0 for 7.

Patrick Division standings:


Record Points
Penguins 20-8-3 43
Capitals 16-13-2 34
Rangers 15-11-3 33
Devils 15-12-1 31
Flyers 10-13-4 24
Islanders 10-14-4 24

Statistics:

Player
Position
Games
Played
Goals Assists Points
Mario Lemieux, C 30 32 46 78
Kevin Stevens, LW 21 20 23 43
Rick Tocchet, RW 28 20 22 42
Ron Francis, C 31 10 28 38
Jaromir Jagr, RW 31 12 21 32
Larry Murphy, D 31 6 25 31
Shawn McEachern, LW 31 16 12 28
Joe Mullen, RW 19 7 12 19
Ulf Samuelsson, D 27 2 12 14
Paul Stanton, D 29 2 4 6
Mike Needham, RW 27 5 0 5
Jim Paek, D 31 2 3 5
Mike Stapleton, C 31 1 4 5
Dave Tippett, C 24 2 2 4
Jeff Daniels, LW 31 2 2 4
Bryan Fogarty, D 12 0 4 4
Bob Errey, LW 16 1 2 3
Kjell Samuelsson, D 26 1 2 3
Troy Loney, LW 28 0 3 3
Martin Straka, C 7 0 1 1
Peter Ahola, D 14 0 1 1
Grant Jennings, D 15 0 1 1
Jamie Leach, RW 5 0 0 0
Jay Caufield, RW 7 0 0 0

Also in the news that day:

-The NHL hired NBA senior vice president Gary Bettman to serve as the league's first commissioner.

-Pitt re-hired Johnny Majors as head football coach.

(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)

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