"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' 4-2 loss against the New York Islanders, Feb. 20, 1993.
The Penguins lost their third consecutive game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. A goal by center Pierre Turgeon against goaltender Tom Barrasso 9:43 into the game gave New York a 1-0 lead. Assists went to defenseman Vladimir Malakhov and goaltender Glenn Healy.
A goal by right winger Jaromir Jagr 2:24 into the second period tied the game, 1-1. Right winger Rick Tocchet and left winger Bob Errey recorded assists.
Turgeon scored again only 50 seconds into the third period to regain the lead for the Islanders, 2-1. Right winger Steve Thomas was credited with the only assist.
At the 2:07 mark, Turgeon completed the hat trick by scoring the game-winning goal off assists from Malakhov and Thomas.
Defenseman Larry Murphy scored the Penguins' final goal on a power play at 4:43. Assists went to left winger Kevin Stevens and right winger Shawn McEachern.
The game's final goal was scored by defenseman Uwe Krupp on assists from right winger Patrick Flatley and defenseman Tom Kurvers.
-Barrasso made 27 saves in the loss.
-The three stars were 1.) Turgeon, 2.) Healy 3.) Malakhov.
-Turgeon recorded his seventh career hat trick.
-Turgeon's second goal was his 500th career point.
-Prior to the game, the Islanders retired the No. 31 of former all-star goaltender Billy Smith.
Patrick Division standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||40||39||65||104|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||48||45||40||85|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||55||30||38||68|
|Ron Francis, C||59||17||52||68|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||59||23||43||65|
|Larry Murphy, D||59||15||44||59|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||59||24||27||51|
|Joe Mullen, RW||47||18||28||46|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||53||2||19||21|
|Jim Paek, D||59||3||14||17|
|Paul Stanton, D||58||4||12||16|
|Bob Errey, LW||44||8||5||13|
|Dave Tippett, C||52||2||10||12|
|Mike Needham, RW||47||7||4||11|
|Mike Stapleton, C||58||3||7||10|
|Troy Loney, LW||57||2||6||8|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||40||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||42||0||3||3|
|Jamie Leach, RW||5||0||0||0|
|Jay Caufield, RW||21||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-Forward Chris McNeal scored 17 points for No. 17 Pitt in an 81-80 loss to Connecticut at the Fitzgerald Field House.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)