Print

Twenty Years Later - Maple Leafs 3, Penguins 3 - 12-31-12

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' 3-3 tie against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Dec. 31, 1992.


The Penguins had a three-game winning streak snapped at the Civic Arena. Center Mario Lemieux gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead 17:20 into the game with a short-handed goal against goaltender Grant Fuhr. Center Ron Francis recorded the only assist.

{youtube width="465" height="349"}3GxQlQXy8yQ{/youtube}

Less than a minute later at 17:54 of the first period, former Penguins center John Cullen tied the game, 1-1, with a power-play goal against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Assists went to center Doug Gilmour and defenseman Todd Gill.

Shortly after that at the 18:41 mark, a goal by ex-Penguins center Dave McLlwain gave Toronto a 2-1 lead. Left winger Bill Berg and defenseman Sylvain Lefebvre collected assists.

The Penguins tied the game again, 2-2, when left winger Kevin Stevens scored on a backhander 6:53 into the second period off assists from right winger Rick Tocchet and defenseman Grant Jennings.

{youtube width="465" height="349"}8sIo23Kt718{/youtube}

At 11:14, Toronto regained the lead, 3-2, when right winger Mike Foligno scored off assists from right winger Nikolai Borschevsky and left winger Mike Krushelnyski.

Stevens' second goal of the game at 18:39 off a tap-in tied the game once again, 3-3. Lemieux collected the lone assist.

{youtube width="465" height="349"}4A9miOhwwRI{/youtube}

Notes:

-Barrasso made 24 saves in the win.

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

-Lemieux's goal was his 100th point of the season. It was the eighth time in his career he reached that mark.

Patrick Division standings:


Record Points
Penguins 26-9-4 56
Capitals 20-16-3 43
Rangers 19-16-4 42
Devils 18-16-1 37
Islanders 16-18-4 36
Flyers 13-18-5 27

Statistics:

Player
Position
Games
Played
Goals Assists Points
Mario Lemieux, C 38 37 64 101
Kevin Stevens, LW 29 31 26 58
Rick Tocchet, RW 36 24 28 52
Ron Francis, C 39 11 36 47
Jaromir Jagr, RW 39 18 25 42
Larry Murphy, D 39 9 33 41
Shawn McEachern, LW 39 19 15 34
Joe Mullen, RW 27 8 16 24
Ulf Samuelsson, D 35 2 15 16
Paul Stanton, D 37 3 7 10
Jim Paek, D 39 2 8 10
Dave Tippett, C 32 2 4 6
Troy Loney, LW 36 2 4 6
Mike Needham, RW 27 5 0 5
Bob Errey, LW 24 2 3 5
Mike Stapleton, C 38 1 4 5
Jeff Daniels, LW 36 2 2 4
Bryan Fogarty, D 12 0 4 4
Kjell Samuelsson, D 28 1 2 3
Grant Jennings, D 23 0 2 2
Martin Straka, C 7 0 1 1
Peter Ahola, D 20 0 1 1
Jamie Leach, RW 5 0 0 0
Jay Caufield, RW 10 0 0 0

Also in the news that day:

-At midnight, as the new year began, the country of Czechoslovakia was peaceably dissolved and split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards; Videos: Jay Korber)

Join the conversation:

To report inappropriate comments, abuse and/or repeat offenders, please send an email to socialmedia@post-gazette.com and include a link to the article and a copy of the comment. Your report will be reviewed in a timely manner. Thank you.