"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' 5-4 loss against the Philadelphia Flyers, March 2, 1993.
Penguins center Mario Lemieux returned to the lineup after missing 23 games due to radiation treatments for Hodgkins lymphoma at the Spectrum in Philadelphia. Prior to the game, he received a standing ovation from the rival Flyers crowd.
Center Ron Francis gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead 3:07 into the game with a power-play goal off a rebound against goaltender Dominic Roussel. Assists went to defenseman Larry Murphy and left winger Kevin Stevens.
Just over three minutes later, Philadelphia tied the game, 3-3, at 6:46 of the first period when former Penguins right winger Mark Recchi scored his 40th goal of the season against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Left winger Brent Fedyk and defenseman Garry Galley collected assists.
The Flyers took a 2-1 lead when right winger Josef Beranek scored off assists from centers Al Conroy and Viacheslav Butsayev.
Late in the period at 18:31, a goal by right winger Kevin Dineen put the Flyers up 3-1. Assists were credited to left winger Pelle Eklund and center Rod Brind'Amour.
Just 1:54 into the second period, Lemieux scored his 40th goal of the season with a wrist shot from the left circle off assists from former Flyers defenseman Kjell Samuelsson and ex-Flyers right winger Rick Tocchet.
Shortly after that at the 3:29 mark, a power-play goal off a wrister from the left circle by Stevens tied the game again, 3-3. Francis and Stevens collected assists.
A goal by Brind'Amour at 5:33 regained the lead for the Flyers, 4-3. Assists went to Eklund and Dineen.
The Penguins tied the game again, 4-4, when Stevens scored another power-play goal against goaltender Tommy Soderstrom off assists from Murphy and right winger Shawn McEachern.
Late in the third period, Galley scored the evenutal game-winning goal at 16:27. Assists were creited to Eklund and Brind'Amour.
-Barrasso made 28 saves in the loss.
-The three stars were 1.) Brind'Amour 2.) Stevens 3.) Galley.
-Lemieux played despite receiving his 22nd and final treatment for the disease early in the monring. After leaving a hospital, he took a private jet with two team employees from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, arriving at approximately 1 p.m.
-On Lemieux recording two points despite receiving a radiation treatment earlier in the day, Stevens said, "It's unbelievable. It's crazy. How can you imagine what he did tonight? There's only one person in the world that could do it and it's him."
-Lemieux said, "If you don't have courage, you're not going to beat it. It's my nature to fight back."
-The Penguins went 11-10-2 during his absence.
-Recchi tied a franchise record for most points by a right winger in a season with 98. The record was previously set by Tim Kerr in 1984-85.
Patrick Division standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||41||40||66||106|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||56||48||41||89|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||61||34||42||76|
|Ron Francis, C||65||18||56||74|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||62||24||44||68|
|Larry Murphy, D||65||15||48||63|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||65||25||29||54|
|Joe Mullen, RW||53||21||30||51|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||57||2||19||21|
|Jim Paek, D||65||3||14||17|
|Paul Stanton, D||65||4||12||16|
|Bob Errey, LW||49||8||6||14|
|Dave Tippett, C||56||2||11||13|
|Mike Needham, RW||52||8||4||12|
|Troy Loney, LW||63||4||7||11|
|Mike Stapleton, C||61||3||7||10|
|Martin Straka, C||24||1||8||9|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||46||2||4||6|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||40||2||2||4|
|Bryan Fogarty, D||12||0||4||4|
|Grant Jennings, D||46||0||3||3|
|Jamie Leach, RW||5||0||0||0|
|Jay Caufield, RW||25||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-Forward Chris McNeal scored 22 points and led Pitt to a 77-76 win against Villanova at the duPont Pavillion in Villanova, Pa.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)