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Twenty Years Later - Penguins 5, Kings 3 - 12-03-12

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 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.

Notes:

-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:


Record Points
Penguins 18-7-3 39
Devils 13-10-1 27
Rangers 12-10-3 27
Capitals 11-13-2 24
Flyers 10-10-4 24
Islanders 9-12-3 21

Statististics:

Player
Position
Games
Played
Goals Assists Points
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)

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