Twenty Years Later - Islanders 4, Penguins 3 - 05-14-13

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' 4-3 overtime loss against the New York Islanders in Game 7 of the Patrick Division final series, May 14, 1993.

The Islanders won the series at the Civic Arena. Following a scoreless first period, the Penguins took a 1-0 lead at 7:59 of the second period when defenseman Ulf Samuelsson scored against goaltender Glenn Healy. Assists went to center Mario Lemieux and defenseman Kjell Samuelsson.

Late in the period at the 18:28 mark, the Islanders tied the game, 1-1, when left winger Steve Thomas scored against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Center Benoit Hogue had the lone assist.

New York took a 2-1 lead at 6:10 of the third period when left winger David Volek scored off assists from center Ray Ferraro and Tom Fitzgerald.

Almost three minutes later at the 9:09 mark, a goal by Hogue made it a 3-1 game. Defenseman Vladimir Malakhov and Healy were credited with assists.

The Penguins pulled with in a goal, 3-2, at 16:13 when center Ron Francis scored. Defenseman Larry Murphy had the lone assists.

With exactly a minute remaing in regulation, a goal by right winger Rick Tocchet tied the game 3-3. Francis and Murphy had assists.

At 5:16 of the overtime period, Volek scored with a one-timer from the left circle to win the game. Ferraro and defenseman Dennis Vaske collected assists.



-Barrasso made 16 saves in the loss.

-Penguins left winger Kevin Stevens left the game 4:50 into the first period after he suffered significant head and facial injuries following a collision with Islanders defenseman Rich Pilon. Stevens was transported from the ice on a stretcher and was hospitalized. Stevens would require surgery to repair the damage.

-The win is generally considered one of the largest upsets in NHL history.

Postseason statistics:

Goals Assists Points
Mario Lemieux, C 10 8 10 18
Ron Francis, C 12 6 11 17
Rick Tocchet, RW 12 7 7 14
Kevin Stevens, LW 12 5 10 13
Larry Murphy, D 12 2 11 13
Jaromir Jagr, RW 12 5 4 9
Joe Mullen, RW 12 4 2 6
Ulf Samuelsson, D 12 1 5 6
Mike Ramsey, D 12 0 6 6
Jeff Daniels, LW 12 3 2 5
Shawn McEachern, LW 12 3 2 5
Troy Loney, LW 10 1 4 5
Dave Tippett, C 12 1 4 5
Martin Straka, C 11 2 1 3
Kjell Samuelsson, D 12 0 3 3
Peter Taglianetti, D 11 1 1 2
Mike Needham, RW 9 1 0 1
Paul Stanton, D 1 0 1 1
Mike Stapleton, C 6 0 0 0
Grant Jennings, D 12 0 0 0

Also in the news that day:

-Center fielder Andy Van Slyke went 3 for 4 with a run for the Pirates in a 3-2 loss to the Chciago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

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