"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 win against the Washington Capitals, Jan. 27, 1993.
The Penguins opened up a three-game home stand at the Civic Arena. Washington took a 1-0 lead 7:32 into the game when center Dale Hunter scored on a rebound against goaltender Ken Wregget. Assists went to left winger Dmitri Khristich and defenseman Sylvain Cote.
Less than three minutes later at 10:14 of the first period, another goal off a tip-in by Hunter gave the Capitals a 2-0 lead. Center Bob Carpenter and defenseman Paul Cavallini collected assists.
The Penguins got on the scoreboard when former Capitals defenseman Larry Murphy scored against goaltender Don Beaupre at the 17:42 mark. Right winger Shawn McEachern and left winger Kevin Stevens netted assists.
A rebound goal by Stevens just 15 seconds later at 17:57 tied the game, 2-2. Assists were recorded by right winger Joe Mullen and defenseman Jim Paek.
Shortly after that, the Penguins took a 3-2 lead at 18:11 when Stevens scored again with a backhander off assists from Murphy and center Ron Francis.
Early in the second period at the 1:25 mark, a power-play goal by Khristich tied the game again, 3-3. Defenseman Kevin Hatcher and center Michal Pivonka had assists.
Late in the period, the Penguins took the lead for good, 4-3, when right winger Rick Tocchet scored on a power play with a tip-in off assists from Murphy and right winger Jaromir Jagr.
Only 44 seconds into the third period, McEachern scored on a re-direction to pad the Penguins' lead, 5-3. Jagr and Tocchet collected assists.
The game's final goal was scored by Stevens on an empty net at 19:09 off an assist by defenseman Kjell Samuelsson.
-Wregget made 28 saves in the win.
-Murphy's second assist was his 800th career assist.
-Beaupre stopped Jagr on a penalty shot at 12:27 of the first period.
-Penguins defenseman Ulf Samuelsson missed the game due to a bruised knee.
-Stevens recorded the ninth hat trick of his career.
Patrick Division standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||40||39||65||104|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||39||39||34||73|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||47||28||34||62|
|Ron Francis, C||50||11||48||59|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||50||20||36||56|
|Larry Murphy, D||50||13||39||52|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||50||21||21||42|
|Joe Mullen, RW||38||15||23||38|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||45||2||18||20|
|Paul Stanton, D||49||4||11||15|
|Jim Paek, D||50||3||12||15|
|Bob Errey, LW||35||6||4||10|
|Mike Stapleton, C||50||3||6||9|
|Dave Tippett, C||43||2||7||9|
|Mike Needham, RW||38||6||1||7|
|Troy Loney, LW||48||2||5||7|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||31||2||3||5|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||36||2||2||4|
|Bryan Fogarty, D||12||0||4||4|
|Peter Ahola, D||30||1||2||3|
|Martin Straka, C||14||0||3||3|
|Grant Jennings, D||33||0||2||2|
|Jamie Leach, RW||5||0||0||0|
|Jay Caufield, RW||13||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-Guard Marsalis Basey scored 19 points for West Virginia in a 71-67 loss to Rutgers in the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, N.J.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)