Today, we look at the Penguins' 5-4 overtime win against the Philadelphia Flyers, Dec. 17, 1992.
The Penguins won their third consecutive games at The Spectrum in Philadelphia. The Flyers took a 1-0 lead only 50 seconds into the game when defenseman Gord Hynes scored a slapper against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Ex-Penguins right winger Mark Recchi netted the only assist.
At 5:59 of the first period, a power-play goal by former Flyers right winger Rick Tocchet against goaltender Tommy Soderstrom tied the game, 1-1. Assists were credited to defenseman Larry Murphy and center Mario Lemieux.
Less than two minutes later at the 7:45 mark, Tocchet scored on another power play with a tip-in to put the Penguins up, 2-1. Center Ron Francis and Lemieux had assists.
A goal by center Keith Acton at 15:38 tied the game again, 2-2, with a tip-in. Left winger Claude Boivin and defenseman Dmitry Yushkevich collected assists.
Just 2:19 into the second period, right winger Jaromir Jagr scored to regain the lead for the Penguins, 3-2. Murphy had the lone assist.
A power-play goal by Murphy at 12:48 doubled the lead for the Penguins, 4-2. Assists went to Lemieux and Tocchet.
At 16:09, Flyers right winger Greg Paslawski scored on a power play off assists from center Rod Brind'Amour and Recchi to make it a 4-3 game.
Flyers right winger Kevin Dineen tied the game yet again with a backhanded goal 5:16 into the third period. Assists were recorded by left winger Pelle Eklund and Recchi.
At 2:50 of the overtime frame, Jagr scored to give the Penguins the win. Lemieux and defenseman Paul Stanton netted assists.
-Barrasso made 27 saves in the victory. With a 20-6-2 record, Barrasso recorded 20 wins for the eighth consecutive season.
-The three stars were 1.) Recchi 2.) Tocchet 3.) Jagr.
-Jagr scored his NHL-leading seventh game-winning goal of the season.
-The Penguins went 3 for 4 on the power play.
-The Penguins extended an unbeaten streak against the Flyers to 11 games (8-0-3).
-Soderstrom appeared in his first career NHL game.
-The Flyers tied a franchise record with their sixth consecutive loss.
Patrick Division standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||33||34||55||89|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||24||25||24||49|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||31||22||25||47|
|Ron Francis, C||34||10||33||43|
|Larry Murphy, D||34||7||31||37|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||34||14||23||36|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||34||17||12||29|
|Joe Mullen, RW||22||8||14||22|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||30||2||12||14|
|Paul Stanton, D||32||3||5||8|
|Troy Loney, LW||31||2||4||6|
|Jim Paek, D||34||2||4||6|
|Mike Needham, RW||27||5||0||5|
|Mike Stapleton, C||33||1||4||5|
|Dave Tippett, C||27||2||2||4|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||34||2||2||4|
|Bob Errey, LW||19||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||17||0||1||1|
|Grant Jennings, D||18||0||1||1|
|Jamie Leach, RW||5||0||0||0|
|Jay Caufield, RW||7||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-U.S. President George H. W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas each signed the North American Free Trade Agreement.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)