"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' 3-1 loss against the New Jersey Devils, Feb. 23, 1993.
The Penguins suffered their fourth loss out of five games at the Civic Arena. After a scoreless first period, right winger Randy McKay gave the Devils a 1-0 lead 3:49 into the second period with a score against goaltender Tom Barrasso. The only assist was recorded by left winger Bill Guerin.
Just under 10 minutes later at the 13:30 mark, the Penguins tied the game, 1-1, when right winger Jaromir Jagr scored against goaltender Craig Billington. Rookie center Martin Straka and right winger Rick Tocchet collected assists.
Just 3:45 into the second period, New Jersey left winger Stephane Richer scored the eventual game-winning goal off assists from right winger John MacLean and center Peter Stastny.
Statsny added an insurance goal just over 10 minutes later at the 13:54 mark. Right winger Claude Lemieux and left winger Scott Pellerin were credited with assists.
-Barrasso made 23 saves in the loss.
-The Penguins' power play was 0 for 8.
Patrick Division standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||40||39||65||104|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||50||45||41||86|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||57||32||39||71|
|Ron Francis, C||61||17||54||70|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||61||24||43||66|
|Larry Murphy, D||61||15||45||60|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||61||24||27||51|
|Joe Mullen, RW||49||19||29||48|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||55||2||19||21|
|Jim Paek, D||61||3||14||17|
|Paul Stanton, D||60||4||12||16|
|Bob Errey, LW||46||8||6||14|
|Dave Tippett, C||534||2||11||13|
|Mike Needham, RW||49||8||4||12|
|Mike Stapleton, C||58||3||7||10|
|Troy Loney, LW||59||2||6||8|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||42||2||3||5|
|Martin Straka, C||19||1||4||5|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||36||2||2||4|
|Bryan Fogarty, D||12||0||4||4|
|Peter Ahola, D||30||1||2||3|
|Grant Jennings, D||44||0||3||3|
|Jamie Leach, RW||5||0||0||0|
|Jay Caufield, RW||23||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-Center Dale Hunter and left winger Kelly Miller each had a goal and an assist for the Capitals in a 4-2 win against the New York Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. The win extended a winning streak to seven games for Washington.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)