"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 win against the Washington Capitals, Feb. 28, 1993.
The Penguins snapped a three-game winless streak at the Capital Centre in Landover, Md. A goal by left winger Troy Loney against goaltender Don Beaupre 17:25 into the game gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead. Rookie right winger Martin Strakahad the only assist.
At 7:34 of the second period, right winger Shawn McEachern scored a power-play goal off assists from right winger Rick Tocchet and Straka to make it a 2-0 game.
Just over 20 seconds later at the 7:57 mark, Loney scored the eventual game-winning goal. Assists went to Tocchet and Straka again.
Washington finally got on the scoreboard at 13:37 when center Mike Ridley scored against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Defenseman Kevin Hatcher and left winger Dmitri Khristich collected assists.
Tocchet scored a power-play goal at 9:10 of the third period. The only assist was picked up by Loney.
Less than two minutes later at 10:45 center Bob Carpenter scored the game's final goal off assists from center Dale Hunter and left winger Kelly Miller.
-Barrasso made 24 saves in the victory. He matched a career-best with his 29th win of the season.
-The three stars were 1.) Loney. 2) Tocchet 3.) Barrasso.
-Straka had the first multi-point game of his career.
-Penguins left winger Bob Errey (back) and center Dave Tippett (back) did not play due to injuries.
Patrick Division standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||40||39||65||104|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||55||46||40||86|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||60||34||41||75|
|Ron Francis, C||64||17||55||72|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||61||24||44||68|
|Larry Murphy, D||64||15||46||61|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||64||25||28||53|
|Joe Mullen, RW||52||21||30||51|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||56||2||19||21|
|Jim Paek, D||64||3||14||17|
|Paul Stanton, D||64||4||12||16|
|Bob Errey, LW||49||8||6||14|
|Dave Tippett, C||56||2||11||13|
|Mike Needham, RW||51||8||4||12|
|Troy Loney, LW||62||4||7||11|
|Mike Stapleton, C||61||3||7||10|
|Martin Straka, C||23||1||8||9|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||45||2||3||5|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||39||2||2||4|
|Bryan Fogarty, D||12||0||4||4|
|Grant Jennings, D||45||0||3||3|
|Jamie Leach, RW||5||0||0||0|
|Jay Caufield, RW||24||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-Guard Jerry McCullough had 12 points for No. 25 Pitt in a 51-48 win against Georgetown at the Civic Arena.
-The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms attempted to raid a heavily armed compound in Waco, Texas belonging to the Branch Davidians sect, a religious cult. Four ATF agents and two cult members were killed in the battle.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)