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Twenty Years Later - Penguins 6, Flyers 2 - 12-15-12

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' 6-2 win against the Philadelphia Flyers, Dec. 15, 1992.


The Penguins won their second consecutive game at the Civic Arena. Just 2:12 into the contest, the Penguins took a 1-0 lead when right winger Shawn McEachern scored against goaltender Stephane Beauregard. Left winger Troy Loney and right winger Jaromir Jagr collected assists.

At 5:14 of the first period, former Penguins right winger Mark Recchi tied the game, 1-1, with a short-handed breakaway goal against goaltender Tom Barrasso. The only assist was recorded by left winger Pelle Eklund.

The Penguins reclaimed the lead, 2-1, at 10:32 with a goal by left winger Kevin Stevens off an assist by right winger Joe Mullen.

Late in the period at the 19:30 mark, defenseman Paul Stanton scored the eventual game-winning goal on a power play. Centers Mario Lemieux and Ron Francis had assists.

Mullen scored the only goal of the second period at the 2:14 mark. Assists went to left winger Bob Errey and Francis.

Just 1:04 into the third period, center Rod Brind'Amour scored the Flyers' final goal. Eklund had the lone assist.

Shortly after that at the 3:09 mark, Stevens scored his second goal of the game off assists from Lemieux and former Flyers right winger Rick Tocchet.

The game's final goal was scored by Lemieux at 11:29. Assists were recorded by Tocchet and Lemieux.

Notes:

-Barrasso made 21 saves in the win.

-The three stars were 1.) Stevens 2.) Lemieux 3.) Tocchet.

-Penguins head coach Scotty Bowman recorded his NHL record 800th career regular season win.

-The Flyers lost their fifth consecutive game.

-Flyers center Eric Lindros missed the game due to a knee injury.

Patrick Division standings:


Record Points
Penguins 22-8-3 47
Capitals 17-13-2 36
Rangers 16-12-3 35
Devils 15-14-1 31
Islanders 12-15-4 28
Flyers 10-15-4 24

Statistics:

Player
Position
Games
Played
Goals Assists Points
Mario Lemieux, C 32 34 51 85
Kevin Stevens, LW 23 25 24 49
Rick Tocchet, RW 30 20 24 44
Ron Francis, C 33 10 32 42
Jaromir Jagr, RW 33 12 23 34
Larry Murphy, D 33 6 28 34
Shawn McEachern, LW 33 17 12 29
Joe Mullen, RW 21 8 14 22
Ulf Samuelsson, D 29 2 12 14
Paul Stanton, D 31 3 4 7
Troy Loney, LW 30 2 4 6
Jim Paek, D 33 2 4 6
Mike Needham, RW 27 5 0 5
Mike Stapleton, C 33 1 4 5
Dave Tippett, C 26 2 2 4
Jeff Daniels, LW 33 2 2 4
Bob Errey, LW 18 1 3 4
Bryan Fogarty, D 12 0 4 4
Kjell Samuelsson, D 26 1 2 3
Martin Straka, C 7 0 1 1
Peter Ahola, D 16 0 1 1
Grant Jennings, D 17 0 1 1
Jamie Leach, RW 5 0 0 0
Jay Caufield, RW 7 0 0 0

Also in the news that day:

-The D.L. Clark Candy Co. announced plans for a Mario Lemieux-themed candy bar called the Mario Bar.

-Goaltender Mike Vernon made 39 saves and led the Calgary Flames to a 3-0 shutout of the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The shutout snapped a streak of 236 games with a goal for the Rangers, the fourth-longest in NHL history.

-Forward Effrem Whitehead had 15 points - all on five three-pointers in the second half - and 12 rebounds for Duquesne which upset No. 10 Florida State, 91-84 at the A.J. Palumbo Center.

(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)

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