"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' 4-3 win against the Hartford Whalers, Feb. 21, 1993.
The Penguins snapped a three-game losing streak at the Hartford Civic Centre. Just 1:40 into the game, a goal by right winger Rick Tocchet against former Penguins goaltender Frank Pietrangelo put the Penguins' up, 1-0. Assists went to left winger Kevin Stevens and right winger Jaromir Jagr.
Hartford tied the game, 1-1, when left winger Geoff Sanderson scored on a power play against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Former Penguins defesneman Zarley Zalapski and right winger Pat Verbeek netted assists.
Sanderson scored on another power play 8:08 into the second period to make it a 2-1 game. Verbeek and center Andrew Cassels had assists.
Tocchet scored again on a power play at the 15:26 mark off assists from former Whalers center Ron Francis and right winger Joe Mullen to tie the game, 2-2.
Late in the period at 18:11, the Penguins regained the lead, 3-2, when Mullen scored on yet another power play. Francis and defenseman Larry Murphy were credited with assists.
Just 1:45 into the third period, right winger Mike Needham scored what proved to be the game-winning goal off assists from former Whalers center Dave Tippett and left winger Bob Errey.
Sanderson completed the hat trick at 10:11 to make it a 4-3 game. Verbeek and Cassels collected assists.
-Barrasso made 20 saves in the win. He broke his own franchise records for wins in a season with his 28th victory of the campaign.
-The three stars were 1.) Tocchet 2.) Sanderson 3.) Francis.
-Left winger Troy Loney tied a franchise record orginally set by defenseman Rod Buskas with his 959 career penalty minute for the Penguins.
Patrick Division standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||40||39||65||104|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||49||45||41||86|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||56||32||38||70|
|Ron Francis, C||60||17||54||70|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||60||24||43||66|
|Larry Murphy, D||60||15||45||60|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||60||24||27||51|
|Joe Mullen, RW||48||19||29||48|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||54||2||19||21|
|Jim Paek, D||60||3||14||17|
|Paul Stanton, D||59||4||12||16|
|Bob Errey, LW||45||8||6||14|
|Dave Tippett, C||53||2||11||13|
|Mike Needham, RW||48||8||4||12|
|Mike Stapleton, C||58||3||7||10|
|Troy Loney, LW||58||2||6||8|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||41||2||3||5|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||36||2||2||4|
|Martin Straka, C||18||1||3||4|
|Bryan Fogarty, D||12||0||4||4|
|Peter Ahola, D||30||1||2||3|
|Grant Jennings, D||43||0||3||3|
|Jamie Leach, RW||5||0||0||0|
|Jay Caufield, RW||22||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-Golfer Phil Mickelson, 22, won his first professional title by shooting 10-under-par-278 in the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)