Today, we look at the Penguins' 5-3 loss against the Los Angeles Kings, Dec. 3, 1992.
The Penguins had a two-game winning streak snapped at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Just 2:20 into the game, the Kings took a 1-0 lead on a goal by left winger Tony Granato against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Assists went to center Corey Millen and defenseman Brent Thompson.
Just under eight minutes later at 10:19 of the first period, the Kings increased the lead to 2-0 on a goal by Millen. Rookie defenseman Alexei Zhitnik and goaltender Kelly Hrudey collected assists.
The Penguins got on the scoreboard at 2:53 of the second period when right winger Rick Tocchet scored on a power play. Assists were credited to right winger Shawn McEachern and former Kings defenseman Larry Murphy.
Less than two minutes later at the 4:47 mark, Millen scored a short-handed goal to make it a 3-1 game. Ex-Penguins defenseman Marty McSorley recorded the only assist.
At the 13:35 mark, defenseman Jim Paek scored to make the score 3-2. The lone assist went to center Mike Stapleton.
Center Ron Francis scored to tie the game, 3-3 at 18:15. Left winger Kevin Stevens and Tocchet collected assists.
Late in the period at the 19:40 mark, Granato scored again with what proved to be the game-winning goal. Zhitnik had the only assist.
At 5:05 of the third period, rookie left winger Lonnie Loach scored an insurance goal off an assist from Zhitnik.
-Barrasso made 25 saves in the loss.
-The three stars were: 1.) Millen 2.) Granato 3.) Hrudey.
-Penguins center Mario Lemieux (left heel) and defenseman Ulf Samuelsson (broken cheekbone) each missed the game due to injuries.
-Kings center Wayne Gretzky did not play due to a back injury.
-The Kings set a franchise record with their 11th consecutive home win.
Patrick Division standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||27||30||38||67|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||18||19||22||41|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||25||19||20||39|
|Ron Francis, C||28||7||24||31|
|Larry Murphy, D||28||4||24||28|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||28||10||18||27|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||28||15||12||27|
|Joe Mullen, RW||16||6||9||15|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||24||2||9||11|
|Jim Paek, D||28||2||3||5|
|Paul Stanton, D||26||1||4||5|
|Mike Stapleton, C||28||1||4||5|
|Dave Tippett, C||22||2||2||4|
|Mike Needham, RW||25||4||0||4|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||28||2||2||4|
|Bryan Fogarty, D||12||0||4||4|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||26||1||2||3|
|Troy Loney, LW||25||0||3||3|
|Bob Errey, LW||13||1||1||2|
|Martin Straka, C||7||0||1||1|
|Peter Ahola, D||11||0||1||1|
|Grant Jennings, D||13||0||1||1|
|Jamie Leach, RW||5||0||0||0|
|Jay Caufield, RW||7||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-Right winger Rob Gaudreau recorded the first hat trick in the history of the San Jose Sharks franchise in a 7-5 loss to the Hartford Whalers at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)