"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' 5-4 loss against the Edmonton Oilers, Feb. 18, 1993.
The Penguins lost their second consecutive game at the Civic Arena. Left winger Kevin Stevens gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead with a goal against goaltender Bill Ranford 14:57 into the game. Assists went to right winger Jaromir Jagr and defenseman Paul Stanton.
At 6:21 of the second period, right winger Joe Mullen made it a 2-0 game with a goal off assists from center Ron Francis and Stevens.
Edmonton got on the scoreboard less than three minutes later at 9:16 of the period when former Penguins left winger Craig Simpson scored against goaltender Tom Barrasso off assists from left winger Esa Tikkanen and defenseman Geoff Smith.
Late in the period exactly 10 minutes later, the Oilers tied the contest, 2-2, when right winger Petr Klima scored on a power play. Centers Kevin Todd and Shjon Podein netted assists.
Stevens scored again at 5:25 of the third period to regain the lead for the Penguins, 3-2. Right winger Shawn McEachern was credited with the only assist.
Just over a minute late at 6:26, left winger Zdeno Ciger scored to tie the game again, 3-3. Assists went to defenseman Dave Manson and Klima.
Edmonton took its first lead, 4-3, less than 10 minutes later when Simpson scored off assists from Podein and defenseman Luke Richardson.
Barely a minute expired before the Penguins tied the game yet again, 4-4. Francis scored on a slap shot off an assist from defenseman Larry Murphy.
All of 20 second later at the 17:39 mark, Tikkanen scored an unassisted goal to put Edmonton up, 5-4.
-Barrasso made 23 saves in the loss.
-The three stars were 1.) Simpson 2.) Stevens 3.) Tikkanen.
Patrick Division standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||40||39||65||104|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||47||45||39||84|
|Ron Francis, C||58||17||52||68|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||54||30||37||67|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||58||22||43||64|
|Larry Murphy, D||58||14||44||58|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||58||24||26||50|
|Joe Mullen, RW||46||18||28||46|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||52||2||19||21|
|Jim Paek, D||58||3||14||17|
|Paul Stanton, D||57||4||12||16|
|Bob Errey, LW||43||8||4||12|
|Dave Tippett, C||51||2||10||12|
|Mike Needham, RW||46||7||4||11|
|Mike Stapleton, C||57||3||7||10|
|Troy Loney, LW||56||2||6||8|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||39||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||41||0||3||3|
|Jamie Leach, RW||5||0||0||0|
|Jay Caufield, RW||20||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-Center Derrick Alston scored 28 points for Duquesne in a 79-71 win against Loyola of Chicago at Alumni Gym in Chicago.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)