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Twenty Years Later: Penguins 6, Devils 5 - 12-12-12

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' 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.

Notes:

-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:


Record Points
Penguins 21-8-3 45
Capitals 17-13-2 36
Rangers 15-11-3 33
Devils 15-13-1 31
Flyers 10-14-4 24
Islanders 10-15-4 24

Statistics:

Player
Position
Games
Played
Goals Assists Points
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)

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