"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' 4-0 win against the Boston Bruins, Feb. 8, 1993.
The Penguns won their first game following the All-Star break at the Omni in Atlanta. Just 3:14 into the game, left winger Kevin Stevens made it a 1-0 game with a power-play goal against goaltender John Blue. Assists went to right winger Joe Mullen and center Ron Francis.
At 17:20 of the first period, Stevens scored again on a rebound at 17:20 to make it a 2-0 game. Right winger Jaromir Jagr had the only assist.
A goal by right winger Shawn McEachern at 10:50 of the second period put the Penguins up 3-0. The lone assist went to Jagr once again.
At the 15:39 mark, right winger Rick Tocchet scored his 30th goal of the season off assists from McEachern and Jagr.
-Goaltenders Ken Wregget and Tom Barrasso combined to make xx saves in the shutout. Wregget started the game and was replaced by Barrasso with 4:42 remaining in regulation after a shot by left winger Joe Juneau struck and dented his mask. Wregget needed approximately 20 stitches to close a cut above his right eye.
-Barrasso played for the first time since. Jan. 14. He had been sidelined due to the chickenpox.
-Tocchet reached the 30-goal mark for the fifth time in his career.
-Bruins defenseman Ray Bourque appeared in his 1,000th career game.
-This was the first NHL regular season game played in the Omni since the Flames relocated to Atlanta in 1980. The game was played at a neutral site because the NHL's new collective bargaining agreement called for the each team to play two games at neutral sights during the season.
Patrick Division standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||40||39||65||104|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||43||42||36||78|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||51||30||35||65|
|Ron Francis, C||54||14||50||64|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||54||21||40||60|
|Larry Murphy, D||54||13||42||55|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||54||23||23||46|
|Joe Mullen, RW||42||16||26||42|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||49||2||19||21|
|Jim Paek, D||54||3||13||16|
|Paul Stanton, D||53||4||11||15|
|Bob Errey, LW||39||6||4||10|
|Mike Stapleton, C||54||3||7||10|
|Dave Tippett, C||47||2||7||9|
|Mike Needham, RW||42||6||2||8|
|Troy Loney, LW||52||2||5||7|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||35||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||37||0||2||2|
|Jamie Leach, RW||5||0||0||0|
|Jay Caufield, RW||16||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-Former Virginia Squires/New York Nets/Philadelphia 76ers guard Julius "Dr. J." Erving and Portland Trail Blazers/San Diego and Los Angeles Clippers/Boston Celtics center Bill Walton were among 10 individuals selected for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)