Today, we look at the Penguins' 6-5 win against the New Jersey Devils, Dec. 12, 1992.
The Penguins recorded their third win out of four games at the Civic Arena. Center Peter Stastny gave the Devils a 1-0 lead 6:26 into the game with a power-play goal against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Assists went to right winger Claude Lemieux and defenseman Scott Stevens.
Shortly after that 7:04 of the first period, a goal off a slapper by rookie right winger Bill Guerin put New Jersey up 2-0. Left winger Scott Pellerin and defenseman Alexei Kasatonov netted assists.
Exactly four minutes later at 11:04, Lemieux scored with a wrister to make it a 3-0 game. Right winger Stephane Richer and Kasatonov collected assists.
The Penguins finally got on the scoreboard at 14:42 when left winger Troy Loney scored his first goal of the season with a slapper against goaltender Chris Terreri. Center Mario Lemieux and defenseman Larry Murphy recorded assists.
Late in the period at the 19:45 mark, Penguins left winger Kevin Stevens scored his 20th goal of the season on a power play to make it a 3-2 contest. Center Ron Francis and Mario Lemieux had assists.
Another power-play goal of a tip-in by Kevin Stevens at 1:37 of the second period tied the game, 3-3. Assists went to Murphy and Francis.
New Jersey reclaimed a 4-3 lead when Stastny scored on another power play at 15:14 off assists from Claude Lemieux and defenseman Bruce Driver.
Just 1:30 into the third period, Kevin Stevens completed hit hat trick and tied the game, 4-4. Mario Lemieux and defenseman Jim Paek were credited with assists.
Loney scored at again at 8:09 to give the Penguins a lead for the first tme in the game, 5-4. Assists went to right winger Jaromir Jagr and Murphy.
Mario Lemieux scored the eventual game-winning goal at the 16:31 mark. Right winger Joe Mullen recorded the only assist.
The game's final goal was scored by Devils left winger Bobby Holik at 18:56 off assists from Driver and Scott Stevens.
-Barrasso made 21 saves in the win.
-The three stars were 1.) Kevin Stevens 2.) Mario Lemieux 3.) Loney.
-Kevin Steven's hat trick was the eighth of his career and second of the season.
Patrick Division standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||31||33||49||82|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||22||23||23||46|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||29||20||22||42|
|Ron Francis, C||32||10||30||40|
|Larry Murphy, D||32||6||28||34|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||32||12||22||33|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||32||16||12||28|
|Joe Mullen, RW||20||7||13||20|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||28||2||12||14|
|Paul Stanton, D||30||2||4||6|
|Jim Paek, D||32||2||4||6|
|Mike Needham, RW||27||5||0||5|
|Troy Loney, LW||29||2||3||5|
|Mike Stapleton, C||32||1||4||5|
|Dave Tippett, C||25||2||2||4|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||32||2||2||4|
|Bryan Fogarty, D||12||0||4||4|
|Bob Errey, LW||17||1||2||3|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||26||1||2||3|
|Martin Straka, C||7||0||1||1|
|Peter Ahola, D||15||0||1||1|
|Grant Jennings, D||16||0||1||1|
|Jamie Leach, RW||5||0||0||0|
|Jay Caufield, RW||7||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-Miami, Fla. quarterback Gino Toretta was awarded the Heisman Trophy.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)