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Twenty Years Later - North Stars 6, Penguins 3 - 01-07-13

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' 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.

Notes:

-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:


Record Points
Penguins 28-10-4 60
Capitals 21-17-4 46
Rangers 20-17-5 45
Devils 19-17-3 41
Islanders 17-19-4 38
Flyers 14-19-6 34

Statistics:

Player
Position
Games
Played
Goals Assists Points
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)

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