"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' 3-3 tie against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Feb. 27, 1993.
The Penguins snapped a two-game losing streak at the Civic Arena. A power-play goal by left winger Kevin Stevens against former Penguins goaltender Wendell Young just 3:39 into the game put the Penguins up 1-0. Assists went to right winger Joe Mullen and defenseman Larry Murphy.
Tampa Bay tied the game at the 18:52 mark when left winger Mikael Andersson scored against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Right winger Danton Cole recorded the lone assist.
The Penguins regained the lead, 2-1, just over a minute later at 19:40 when Mullen scored off assists from right winger Shawn McEachern and defenseman Jim Paek.
Mullen scored a short-handed goal at 5:40 of the second period to make it a 3-1 contest. Francis had the only assist.
At 12:53, center Brian Bradley scored on a slap shot off assists from left winger Rob Zamuner and defenseman Chris Lipuma to cut the lead to 3-2.
Zamuner scored the game's final goal at 9:46 of the third period to tie the contest, 3-3. The only assist went to Bradley.
-Barrasso made 24 saves to record the tie.
-Penguins goaltender Ken Wregget was scheduled to start but suffered a knee injury during warm-ups. After the game, goaltender Rob Dopson was recalled from Cleveland of the IHL.
-Murphy appeared in his 1,000th career game.
-Mullen's second goal was his 900th career point.
-The expansion Lightning played its first game in Pittsburgh.
Patrick Division standings:
Also in the news that day:
-Forward Pervires Greene scored 29 points and led West Virginia to a 79-54 upset of No. 21 Massachusetts at Mountaineer Coliseum in Morgantown, W.Va. West Virginia coach Gale Catlett recorded his 300th career win.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)