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Twenty Years Later - Penguins 4, Sabres 2 - 12-27-12

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' 4-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres, Dec. 27, 1992.


The Penguins extended a winning streak to three games at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. A backhanded power-play goal 6:22 into the contest by right winger Jaromir Jagr against goaltender Dominik Hasek put the Penguins up, 1-0. Center Mario Lemieux and Ron Francis picked up assists.

At 11:18 of the second period, right winger Rick Tocchet scored a short-handed goal off assists from defenseman Jim Paek and right winger Shawn McEachern to make it a 2-0 game.

Just under four minutes later at 15:08, left winger Bob Errey scored the eventual game-winning goal. McEachern and Paek recorded assists once again.

Buffalo finally got on the scoreboard at 17:54 when right winger Alexander Mogilny put a slapper behind goaltender Ken Wregget. Defensemen Richard Smehlik and Petr Svoboda collected assists.

At 9:14 of the third period, left winger Kevin Stevens scored an insurance goal against goaltender Darren Puppa off assists from Lemieux and right winger Joe Mullen.

The game's final goal was scored by Mogilny at the 12:09 mark. Smehlik had the only assist.

Notes:

-Wregget made 34 saves in the win.

-The three stars were: 1.) Wregget 2.) Mogilny 3.) Jagr.

-Penguins head coach Scotty Bowman skipped the game to attend to his ill father. Assistant coaches Barry Smith, Rick Kehoe and Rick Paterson ran the bench.

Patrick Division standings:


Record Points
Penguins 26-9-3 55
Rangers 19-14-4 42
Capitals 19-16-3 41
Devils 18-15-1 37
Islanders 16-16-4 36
Flyers 11-18-5 27

Statistics:

Player
Position
Games
Played
Goals Assists Points
Mario Lemieux, C 37 36 63 99
Kevin Stevens, LW 28 29 26 57
Rick Tocchet, RW 35 24 27 51
Ron Francis, C 38 11 35 46
Jaromir Jagr, RW 38 18 25 42
Larry Murphy, D 38 9 33 41
Shawn McEachern, LW 38 19 15 34
Joe Mullen, RW 26 8 16 24
Ulf Samuelsson, D 34 2 15 16
Paul Stanton, D 36 3 7 10
Jim Paek, D 38 2 8 10
Dave Tippett, C 31 2 4 6
Troy Loney, LW 35 2 4 6
Mike Needham, RW 27 5 0 5
Bob Errey, LW 23 2 3 5
Mike Stapleton, C 37 1 4 5
Jeff Daniels, LW 36 2 2 4
Bryan Fogarty, D 12 0 4 4
Kjell Samuelsson, D 28 1 2 3
Martin Straka, C 7 0 1 1
Peter Ahola, D 19 0 1 1
Grant Jennings, D 22 0 1 1
Jamie Leach, RW 5 0 0 0
Jay Caufield, RW 9 0 0 0

Also in the news that day:

-Filling in for injured starter Neil O'Donnell, quarterback Bubby Brister threw for 223 yards and a touchdown to lead the Steelers past the Browns, 23-13, at Three Rivers Stadium.

(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)

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