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Twenty Years Later - Rangers 3, Penguins 1 - 03-05-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

"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 York Rangers, March 5, 1993.


The Penguins lost their second consecutive game at Madison Square Garden. A backhanded goal by rookie center Martin Straka against John Vanbiesbrouck gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead, 2:26 into the game. Right winger Rick Tocchet and left winger Troy Loney netted assists.

Late in the first period at the 19:24 mark, a breakaway goal by center Mark Messier against goaltender Tom Barrasso tied the game, 1-1. Defenseman James Patrick had the only assist.

After a scoreless second period, New York took a 2-1 lead when right winger Mike Gartner scored the eventual game-winning goal off assists from center Sergei Nemchinov and left winger Jan Erixon.

Late in the game, rookie defenseman Sergei Zubov scored the final goal at the 17:24 mark. Former Penguins left winger Phil Bourque had the lone assist.

Notes:

-Barrasso made 27 saves in the loss.

-The three stars were 1.) Gartner 2.) Vanbiesbrouck 3.) Erixon.

-In his second game back followng his return from Hodgkins disease, Penguins center Mario Lemieux was unofficially limited to 5:54 of ice time due to a back ailment.

At 5:33 of the second period, Messier and Penguins defenseman Ulf Samuelsson each received match penalties for intent to injury after a stick-swining incident.

Patrick Division standings:

Record Points
Penguins 39-21-6 84
Capitals 32-25-7 71
Devils 32-26-5 69
Rangers 29-25-11 69
Islanders 30-28-6 66
Flyers 24-30-11 59

Statistics:

Player
Position
Games
Played
Goals Assists Points
Mario Lemieux, C 42 40 66 106
Kevin Stevens, LW 57 48 41 89
Rick Tocchet, RW 62 34 43 77
Ron Francis, C 66 18 56 74
Jaromir Jagr, RW 63 24 44 68
Larry Murphy, D 66 15 48 63
Shawn McEachern, LW 66 25 29 54
Joe Mullen, RW 54 21 30 51
Ulf Samuelsson, D 58 2 19 21
Jim Paek, D 66 3 14 17
Paul Stanton, D 66 4 12 16
Bob Errey, LW 49 8 6 14
Dave Tippett, C 56 2 11 13
Mike Needham, RW 53 8 4 12
Troy Loney, LW 64 4 8 12
Mike Stapleton, C 61 3 7 10
Martin Straka, C 25 2 8 10
Kjell Samuelsson, D 47 2 4 6
Jeff Daniels, LW 41 2 2 4
Bryan Fogarty, D 12 0 4 4
Grant Jennings, D 47 0 3 3
Jamie Leach, RW 5 0 0 0
Jay Caufield, RW 26 0 0 0

Also in the news that day:

-Centerfielder Andy Van Slyke went 1 for 2 for the Pirates in a 7-0 loss to the Orioles in a spring traning game at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.

(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards; Video-Jay Korber)

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