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Twenty Years Later - Penguins 5, Flyers 4 - 12-17-12

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' 5-4 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.

Notes:

-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:


Record Points
Penguins 23-8-3 49
Rangers 17-12-3 37
Capitals 17-14-2 36
Devils 15-14-1 31
Islanders 13-15-4 30
Flyers 10-16-4 24

Statistics:

Player
Position
Games
Played
Goals Assists Points
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)

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