"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' 7-4 loss against the Buffalo Sabres, Feb. 14, 1993.
The Penguins had a five-game unbeaten streak snapped at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. A goa off a wrister by right winger Jaromir Jagr against goaltender Grant Fuhr gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead 1:31 lead. Assists went to right winger Shawn McEachern and goaltender Ken Wregget.
Just over five minutes later at the 6:32 mark, the Penguins took a 2-0 lead on a rebound goal by center Ron Francis. Defenseman Grant Jennings and right winger Joe Mullen.
At 11:13, the Penguins made it a 3-0 game when Francis scored on a slapper off assists from left winger Kevin Stevens and Mullen.
Buffalo got on the scoreboard at 15:32 when defenseman Grant Ledyard scored on a power play. Assists were credited to former Penguins defenseman Doug Bodger and center Pat LaFontaine.
Early in the second period at the 3:02 mark, right winger Alexander Mogilny scored off an assist from LaFontaine to make it a 3-2 game.
The Sabres tied the game, 3-3, when left winger Yuri Khmylev scored. Right winger Randy Wood and defenseman Richard Smehlik were credited with assists.
A power-play goal on a rebound by LaFontaine at 17:58 gave the Sabres their first lead of the game, 4-3. Ledyard recorded the lone assist.
Just 2:54 into the third period, right winger Wayne Presley scored the evenutal game-winning goal off assists from center Bob Sweeney and defenseman Ken Sutton.
Presley scored again at 11:58 to put the Sabres up 6-3. Bodger and Sweeney collected assists.
Mullen scored the Penguins' final goal at 14:20 off assists from Stevens and Francis.
The last goal of the game was scored by Mogilny on an empty net at the 18:27 mark. Bodger had the only assist.
-Wregget made 30 saves in the loss.
-The three stars were: 1.) LaFontaine 2.) Presley 3.) Francis.
-Penguins defenseman Ulf Samuelsson served an automatic one-game suspension after receiving his third game misconduct of the season the day before in a 4-1 loss to the Blackhawks. That forced the Penguins to play with only five defensemen
Patrick Division standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||40||39||65||104|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||46||43||38||81|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||53||30||37||67|
|Ron Francis, C||57||16||51||67|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||57||22||42||63|
|Larry Murphy, D||57||14||43||57|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||57||24||25||49|
|Joe Mullen, RW||45||17||28||45|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||51||2||19||21|
|Jim Paek, D||57||3||14||17|
|Paul Stanton, D||56||4||11||15|
|Bob Errey, LW||42||8||4||12|
|Dave Tippett, C||50||2||10||12|
|Mike Needham, RW||45||7||4||11|
|Mike Stapleton, C||57||3||7||10|
|Troy Loney, LW||55||2||6||8|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||38||2||3||5|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||36||2||2||4|
|Martin Straka, C||17||1||3||4|
|Bryan Fogarty, D||12||0||4||4|
|Peter Ahola, D||30||1||2||3|
|Grant Jennings, D||40||0||3||3|
|Jamie Leach, RW||5||0||0||0|
|Jay Caufield, RW||19||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-Center Kelly Kisio scored two goals for the San Jose Sharks in a 3-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets at the Winnipeg Arena. The win snapped a 17-game losing streak for the Sharks. Another loss would have broken a record for most consecutive losses they shared with the 1974-75 Capitals.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)