Today, we look at the Penguins' 5-2 win against the New York Rangers, Jan. 2, 1993.
The Penguins extended an undefeated streak to five games at the Civic Arena. Right winger Joe Mullen gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead just 2:20 into the contest with a goal off a slap shot against goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck. Assists went to center Mario Lemieux and defenseman Jim Paek.
Less than two minutes later at 4:16 of the first period, Lemieux scored a short-handed goal off an assist from center Ron Francis.
Just 23 seconds into the second period, left winger Bob Errey scored the eventual game-winning goal by deflecting a slap shot by defenseman Ulf Samuelsson. Samuelsson and Mullen were credited with assists.
At the 9:01 mark, right winger Mike Gartner got the Rangers on the scoreboard with a goal against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Defenseman Kevin Lowe had the lone assist.
Shortly after that, Gartner scored again at 9:47 to make it 3-2 off assists from center Sergei Nemchinov and defenseman Mark Hardy.
At 6:32 of the third period, Mullen scored again with a wrister on a power play to give the Penguins a 4-2 lead. Right winger Jaromir Jagr and defenseman Paul Stanton collected assists.
The game's final goal was scored by Lemieux on another power play at the 12:06 mark. Left winger Kevin Stevens and right winger Rick Tocchet had assists.
-Barrasso made 25 saves in the win. It was his 100th career win with the Penguins. He became the sixth goaltender in NHL history to win 100 or more games with two different franchise. Earlier in his career, Barrasso won 124 games with the Sabres.
-The three stars were 1.) Lemieux 2.) Mullen 3. Gartner.
Patrick Division standings
|Mario Lemieux, C||39||39||65||104|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||30||31||27||59|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||37||24||29||53|
|Ron Francis, C||40||11||37||48|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||40||18||26||43|
|Larry Murphy, D||40||9||33||41|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||40||19||15||34|
|Joe Mullen, RW||28||10||17||27|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||36||2||16||17|
|Paul Stanton, D||38||3||8||11|
|Jim Paek, D||40||2||9||11|
|Bob Errey, LW||25||3||3||6|
|Dave Tippett, C||33||2||4||6|
|Troy Loney, LW||37||2||4||6|
|Mike Needham, RW||27||5||0||5|
|Mike Stapleton, C||39||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||24||0||2||2|
|Martin Straka, C||7||0||1||1|
|Peter Ahola, D||21||0||1||1|
|Jamie Leach, RW||5||0||0||0|
|Jay Caufield, RW||11||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-After defeating Miami, Fla. in the Sugar Bowl on New Year's Day, Alamaba was awarded the national championship by the Associated Press and USA Today/CNN coaches polls.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)