"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 loss against the New York Islanders, Jan. 28, 1993.
The Penguins had a two-game winning streak snapped at the Civic Arena. New York took a 1-0 lead when center Travis Green scored against goaltender Ken Wregget 7:33 into the game. Assists went to right winger Brad Dalgarno and defenseman Darius Kasparaitis.
Shortly after that, at 9:02 of the first period, center Ron Francis tied the game with a goal against goaltender Mark Fitzpatrick. Right winger Joe Mullen and left winger Kevin Stevens were credited with assists.
Less than half a minute later at the 9:31 mark, center Benoit Hogue scored his 20th goal of the season to put New York up, 2-1. Right winger Pat Flatley and left winger Brian Mullen had assists.
Left winger Derek King scored the eventual game-winning goal 6:00 of the second period off assists from center Pierre Turgeon and defenseman Tom Kurvers.
A goal by right winger Rick Tocchet at the 14:13 mark made it a 3-2 contest. Assists went to right winger Shawn McEachern and defenseman Larry Murphy.
King scored his second goal of the game at 6:09 of the third period to put New York up 4-2. Right winger Steve Thomas and Turgeon netted assists.
A short-handed goal by left winger Marty McInnis at the 8:05 mark proved to be the game's final score. Hogue and Kasparaitis had assists.
-Wregget made 27 saves in the loss.
-Disgruntled with the officiating, Francis quipped, "there was more clutching and grabbing than at the senior prom."
-The Penguins allowed their league-leading 16th goal of the season.
Patrick Division Standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||40||39||65||104|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||40||39||35||74|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||48||29||34||63|
|Ron Francis, C||51||12||48||60|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||51||20||36||56|
|Larry Murphy, D||51||13||40||53|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||51||21||22||43|
|Joe Mullen, RW||39||15||24||39|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||46||2||18||20|
|Paul Stanton, D||50||4||11||15|
|Jim Paek, D||51||3||12||15|
|Bob Errey, LW||36||6||4||10|
|Mike Stapleton, C||51||3||6||9|
|Dave Tippett, C||44||2||7||9|
|Mike Needham, RW||39||6||1||7|
|Troy Loney, LW||49||2||5||7|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||32||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||15||0||3||3|
|Grant Jennings, D||34||0||2||2|
|Jamie Leach, RW||5||0||0||0|
|Jay Caufield, RW||13||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-Forward Alan Watkins scored 31 points for Duquesne in a 69-64 loss to Evansville at Roberts Stadium in Evansville, Ind.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)