"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' 4-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks, Feb. 13, 1993.
The Penguins won their third consecutive game at the Civic Arena. A goal by defenseman Larry Murphy against goaltender Ed Belfour gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead. The only assist was recorded by right winger Rick Tocchet.
Just over four minutes later at the 5:40 mark, left winger Kevin Stevens scored the eventual game-winning goal on a power play. Murphy and Tocchet collected assists.
At 11:03, left winger Bob Errey scored off assists from center Dave Tippett and right winger Mike Needham to make it a 3-1 game.
Late in the second period, Needham scored at the 19:38 mark against goaltender Jim Waite to give the Penguins a 4-1 lead. Assists went to Tippett and defenseman Jim Paek.
Chicago's only goal was scored by right winger Brian Noonan against goaltender Tom Barrasso at 6:31 of the third period. Assists were recorded by defenseman Steve Smith and center Brent Sutter.
-Barrasso made 27 saves in the victory. He tied his own single-season franchise record by recording his 27th win of the campaign. He previous set the record in 1990-91.
-The three stars were 1.) Barrasso 2.) Murphy 3.) Tippett.
-Noonan's goal ended a franchise record shutout sequence for the Penguins which lasted 186:55.
-Tocchet's first assist was the 300th of his career.
-The Penguins played most of the game without three of their skaters. A line brawl at 19:09 of the first period resulted in game misconduct penalties for Errey, Penguins left winger Jay Caufield, defenseman Ulf Samuelsson and Blackhawks defenseman Bryan Marchment.
-In total, the team's combined for 174 penalty minutes. The Penguins had 105 while the Blackhawks had 69.
Patrick Division standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||40||39||65||104|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||45||43||36||79|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||52||30||37||67|
|Ron Francis, C||56||14||50||64|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||56||21||42||62|
|Larry Murphy, D||56||14||43||57|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||56||24||24||48|
|Joe Mullen, RW||44||16||26||42|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||51||2||19||21|
|Jim Paek, D||56||3||14||17|
|Paul Stanton, D||55||4||11||15|
|Bob Errey, LW||41||8||4||12|
|Dave Tippett, C||49||2||10||12|
|Mike Needham, RW||44||7||4||11|
|Mike Stapleton, C||56||3||7||10|
|Troy Loney, LW||54||2||6||8|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||37||2||3||5|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||36||2||2||4|
|Martin Straka, C||16||1||3||4|
|Bryan Fogarty, D||12||0||4||4|
|Peter Ahola, D||30||1||2||3|
|Grant Jennings, D||39||0||2||2|
|Jamie Leach, RW||5||0||0||0|
|Jay Caufield, RW||18||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-Forward Chris McNeal scored 30 points for No. 17 Pitt which defeated Illinois, 85-79 at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Illinois.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)