"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' 2-2 tie against the Washington Capitals, Jan. 31, 1993.
The Penguins headed into the All-Star break with victory at the Capital Centre in Landover, Md. Center Ron Francis gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead 8:57 into the game with a power-play goal against goaltender Don Beaupre. Assists went to right winger Mike Needham and center Tim Stapleton.
Washington tied the game, 1-1, at 18:20 of the second period when Kelly Miller scored against goaltender Ken Wregget. Center Mike Ridley recorded the lone assist.
A goal by defenseman Al Iafrate 4:01 into the third period put the Capitals up, 2-1. Center Dale Hunter and defenseman Calle Johansson collected assists.
The Penguins tied the game, 2-2, at the 7:15 mark when right winger Joe Mullen scored off assists from defensemen Jim Paek and Larry Murphy.
-Wregget made 27 saves in the victory.
-The three stars were: 1.) Beaupre 2.) Iafrate 3.) Wregget.
-The Capitals extended an unbeaten streak to 13 games.
Patrick Division standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||40||39||65||104|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||42||40||36||76|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||50||29||35||64|
|Ron Francis, C||53||14||49||63|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||53||21||37||57|
|Larry Murphy, D||53||13||42||55|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||53||22||22||44|
|Joe Mullen, RW||41||16||25||41|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||48||2||19||21|
|Jim Paek, D||53||3||13||16|
|Paul Stanton, D||52||4||11||15|
|Bob Errey, LW||38||6||4||10|
|Mike Stapleton, C||53||3||7||10|
|Dave Tippett, C||46||2||7||9|
|Mike Needham, RW||41||6||2||8|
|Troy Loney, LW||51||2||5||7|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||34||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||36||0||2||2|
|Jamie Leach, RW||5||0||0||0|
|Jay Caufield, RW||15||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-Quarterback Troy Aikman threw for 273 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Dallas Cowboys past the Buffalo Bills, 52-17, in Super Bowl XXVII at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Aikman was named MVP of the game.
-With Bills quarterback Jim Kelly suffering a leg injury during the contest, Steelers quarterback Neil O'Donnell was named as his replacement to the Pro Bowl for the AFC.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)