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Twenty Years Later - Penguins 5, Capitals 3 - 11-28-12

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' 5-3 win against the Washington Capitals, Nov. 28, 1992.


The Penguins snapped a two-game losing skid at the Civic Arena in the second contest of a home-and-home series. Washington took a 1-0 lead 8:06 into the contest when left winger Dmitri Khristich scored on a power-play against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Assists went to center Michal Pivonka and defenseman Calle Johansson.

Just over a minute and a half later at 9:36 of the first period, the Capitals increased their lead to 2-0 when defenseman Sylvain Cote scored off assists from defenseman Al Iafrate and left winger Kelly Miller.

The Penguins got on the scoreboard late in the period at the 17:10 mark when right winger Rick Tocchet beat goaltender Don Beaupre for a power-play score. Former Capitals defenseman Larry Murphy and center Ron Francis collected assists.

Only 1:24 into the second period, the game was tied on a goal by left winger Kevin Stevens. Murphy and right winger Jaromir Jagr were credited with assists.

Penguins center Mario Lemieux scored the go-ahead goal at the 13:02 mark on a power play off assists from Francis and Murphy.

The eventual game-winning goal was scored by right winger Shawn McEachern against goaltender Jim Hrivnak just under a minute later at 14:01. Jagr and defenseman Ulf Samuelsson netted assists.

Washington scored its final goal of the contest late in the period at the 18:09 mark on a power play by right winger Peter Bondra. Iafrate and right winger Pat Elynuik netted assists.

Lemieux scored the game's final goal late in the third period at 19:50 on an empty net. Tocchet had the only assist.

Notes:

-Barrasso made 36 saves in the win.

-The game's three stars were: 1.) Murphy 2.) Barrasso 3.) Iafrate.

-Penguins defenseman Kjell Samuelsson (knee) and center Dave Tippett (thumb) missed the game due to injuries.

Patrick Division standings:


Record Points
Penguins 17-6-3 37
Rangers 11-9-3 25
Devils 12-10-0 24
Capitals 10-13-2 22
Flyers 9-10-4 22
Islanders 9-11-3 21

Statistics:

Player
Position
Games
Played
Goals Assists Points
Mario Lemieux, C 26 29 36 64
Kevin Stevens, LW 16 18 19 37
Rick Tocchet, RW 23 16 19 35
Ron Francis, C 26 5 23 28
Jaromir Jagr, RW 26 9 17 26
Larry Murphy, D 26 4 21 25
Shawn McEachern, LW 26 14 10 24
Joe Mullen, RW 14 5 7 12
Ulf Samuelsson, D 24 2 9 11
Paul Stanton, D 24 1 4 5
Dave Tippett, C 21 2 2 4
Mike Needham, RW 23 4 0 4
Jeff Daniels, LW 26 2 2 4
Jim Paek, D 26 1 3 4
Mike Stapleton, C 26 1 3 4
Bryan Fogarty, D 12 0 4 4
Kjell Samuelsson, D 25 1 2 3
Bob Errey, LW 11 1 1 2
Troy Loney, LW 23 0 2 2
Martin Straka, C 6 0 1 1
Peter Ahola, D 9 0 1 1
Grant Jennings, D 11 0 1 1
Jamie Leach, RW 5 0 0 0
Jay Caufield, RW 7 0 0 0

Also in the news that day:

-The Steelers waived wide receiver Mark Didio.

(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)

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