"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' 5-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks, Jan. 19, 1993.
The Penguins opened up a three-game road trip at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver. A re-direction goal by right winger Rick Tocchet against goaltender Kirk McLean gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead 2:23 into the contest. Assists went to defenseman Larry Murphy and right winger Jaromir Jagr.
Less than four minutes later at the 6:01 mark of the first period, left winger Kevin Stevens scored a power-play goal on a backhander to make it a 2-0 lead. Right winger Joe Mullen and center Ron Francis netted assists.
Shortly after that, at 7:36, center Mike Stapleton scored the eventual game-winning goal off an assist from Dave Tippett.
Vancouver finally got on the scoreboard at 9:59 when right winger Jim Sandlak scored against goaltender Ken Wregget. The lone assist was recorded by defenseman Doug Lidster.
Late in the period at the 16:03 mark, defenseman Jim Paek scored to put the Penguins up 4-1. Francis and Stevens had assists.
Only 1:37 into the second period, right winger Pavel Bure scored to make it a 4-2 game off assists from center Stephane Morin and left winger Geoff Courtnall.
Stevens scored the game's final goal at the 4:25 mark. Assists went to Jagr and defenseman Paul Stanton.
-Wregget made 35 saves in the win.
-The three stars were: 1.) Stevens 2.) Jagr 3.) Bure.
-The Canucks had an 18-game (16-0-2) undefeated streak at home snapped.
Patrick Division standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||40||39||65||104|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||36||36||33||69|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||44||27||32||59|
|Ron Francis, C||47||11||47||58|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||47||19||33||52|
|Larry Murphy, D||47||11||37||48|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||47||19||18||37|
|Joe Mullen, RW||35||15||21||36|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||43||2||18||20|
|Paul Stanton, D||47||4||10||14|
|Jim Paek, D||47||3||10||13|
|Bob Errey, LW||32||6||4||10|
|Dave Tippett, C||40||2||7||9|
|Mike Stapleton, C||47||2||6||8|
|Mike Needham, RW||35||6||0||6|
|Troy Loney, LW||45||2||4||6|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||36||2||2||4|
|Bryan Fogarty, D||12||0||4||4|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||28||1||2||3|
|Peter Ahola, D||30||1||2||3|
|Martin Straka, C||13||0||3||3|
|Grant Jennings, D||30||0||2||2|
|Jamie Leach, RW||5||0||0||0|
|Jay Caufield, RW||10||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-Former Pitt offensive tackle Dave Wannstedt was named head coach of the Chicago Bears.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)