Today, we look at the Penguins' 6-3 loss against the Minnesota North Stars, Jan. 7, 1993.
The Penguins had a six-game unbeaten streak snapped at the Civic Arena. Right winger Russ Courtnall gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead with a short-handed goal off a slapper on the glove side against goaltender Tom Barrasso 3:23 into the game. Left winger Stew Gavin recorded the only assist.
Courtnall scored again just over four minutes later at 7:24 of the first period on a power play to make it a 2-0 game. Assists went to center Mike Modano and left winger Dave Gagner.
The North Stars went up 3-0 when right winger Ulf Dahlen scored during another power on a tip-in at 12:43 off assists from defenseman Tommy Sjodin and Modano.
The Penguins finally got on the scoreboard when left winger Kevin Stevens scored his own power-play goal off a rebound at 15:51 against goaltender Darcy Wakaluk. Assists went to right winger Rick Tocchet and center Ron Francis.
Dahlen scored the eventual game-winning goal at 8:37 of the second period with a wrister. Former Penguins defenseman Jim Johnson collected the only assist.
Stevens scored again on a rebound only 3:30 into the third period on another power play. Francis and right winger Joe Mullen were credited with assists.
Dahlen completed the hat trick at the 5:40 mark by punching in a rebound on a power play off assists from defenseman Mark Tinordi and Gagner.
Defenseman Paul Stanton scored the Penguins' final goal at 12:32. Stevens and Francis had assists.
The game's final goal was scored by Gagner at 14:35 on a slap shot. It was unassisted.
-Barrasso made 21 saves in the loss.
-The three stars were: 1.) Dahlen 2.) Courtnall 3.) Wakaluk.
-Penguins center Mario Lemieux did not play due to a back ailment.
-Gagner extended a goal-scoring streak to seven games.
-Courtnall's first goal was the 12th short-handed goal allowed by the Penguins during the season, most in the league.
Patrick Division standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||40||39||65||104|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||33||32||29||64|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||39||25||30||55|
|Ron Francis, C||42||11||41||52|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||42||19||28||46|
|Larry Murphy, D||42||9||35||43|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||42||19||16||35|
|Joe Mullen, RW||30||11||20||31|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||38||2||16||17|
|Paul Stanton, D||40||4||9||13|
|Jim Paek, D||42||2||9||11|
|Bob Errey, LW||27||5||4||9|
|Dave Tippett, C||35||2||4||6|
|Troy Loney, LW||39||2||4||6|
|Mike Needham, RW||29||5||0||5|
|Mike Stapleton, C||41||1||4||5|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||37||2||2||4|
|Bryan Fogarty, D||12||0||4||4|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||28||1||2||3|
|Grant Jennings, D||26||0||2||2|
|Martin Straka, C||8||0||1||1|
|Peter Ahola, D||22||0||1||1|
|Jamie Leach, RW||5||0||0||0|
|Jay Caufield, RW||11||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-Kings center Wayne Gretzky recorded two assists in his first game of the season, a 6-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Gretzky had been sidelined since April 28 due to a back injury.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)