"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' 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins, March 9, 1993.
The Penguins snapped a two-game losing streak at the Civic Arena. Penguins center Mario Lemieux appeared in his first home game following his recovery from Hodgkin's disease:
Center Adam Oates scored his 40th goal of the season on a power-play against goaltender Tom Barrasso to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead 4:10 into the game. Assists went to left winger Joe Juneau and defenseman Glen Wesley.
At 10:26 of the first period, the Penguins tied the game, 1-1, when right winger Rick Tocchet scored on a rebound against goaltender John Blue. Lemieux and left winge Kevin Stevens had assists.
Just 4:42 into the second period, right winger Joe Mullen scored on a tip-in to put the Penguins up, 2-1. Defensemen Grant Jennings and defenseman Larry Murphy netted assists.
Boston tied the game again, 2-2, when defenseman David Shaw scored off assists from Juneau and center Vladimir Ruzicka.
Mullen scored the evenutal game-winning goal just 25 seconds into the third. Center Ron Francis had the only assist.
-Barrasso made 32 saves in the victory.
-The three stars were: 1.) Mullen 2.) Oates 3.) Barrasso.
-Penguins defenseman Ulf Samuelsson appeared in his 600th career game.
-At 16:41 of the second period, Penguins left winger Troy Loney and Bruins defenseman Gord Murphy each drew roughing minors. Loney's penalty gave him 961 career penalty minutes with the Penguins, most in franchise history. He broke the franchise record previously set by defenseman Rod Buskas with 959.
Patrick Division standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||43||40||67||107|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||58||48||42||90|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||63||35||43||78|
|Ron Francis, C||67||18||57||75|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||64||24||44||68|
|Larry Murphy, D||67||15||49||64|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||67||25||29||54|
|Joe Mullen, RW||55||23||30||53|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||59||2||19||21|
|Jim Paek, D||67||3||14||17|
|Paul Stanton, D||67||4||12||16|
|Bob Errey, LW||50||8||6||14|
|Dave Tippett, C||57||2||11||13|
|Mike Needham, RW||53||8||4||12|
|Troy Loney, LW||65||4||8||12|
|Mike Stapleton, C||62||3||7||10|
|Martin Straka, C||26||2||8||10|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||48||2||4||6|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||41||2||2||4|
|Bryan Fogarty, D||12||0||4||4|
|Grant Jennings, D||48||0||4||4|
|Jamie Leach, RW||5||0||0||0|
|Jay Caufield, RW||26||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-Catcher Don Slaught went 1 for 2 with two RBIs for the Pirates in a 5-2 spring training loss at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers, Fla.