"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 New York Islanders, March 14, 1993.
The Penguins won their third consecutive game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. A short-handed goal on a backhander by right winger Rick Tocchet against goaltender Glenn Healy 3:56 into the game gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead. Center Dave Tippett and defenseman Kjell Samuelsson collected assists.
Shortly after that at the 4:13 mark, left winger David Volek scored with a wrister on a power-play against goaltender Tom Barrasso to tie the game, 1-1. Right winger Pat Flatley and defenseman Uwe Krupp had assists.
At 4:21 of the second period, right winger Brian Mullen scored with a wrister off assists from centers Travis Green and Tom Fizgerald to put the Islanders up, 2-1.
A rebound goal by defenseman Larry Muprhy at 6:55 tied the game again, 2-2. Assists were credited to centers Ron Francis and Mario Lemieux.
Francis scored the eventual game-winning goal at 14:02 off assists from left winger Troy Loney and Tocchet.
-Barrasso made 38 saves in the win.
-The three stars were: 1.) Tocchet 2.) Francis 3.) Healy.
-A blizzard which struck the East Coast forced the game to be postponed a day. Areas of Pittsburgh recorded over two feet of snow.
Patrick Division standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||45||41||71||112|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||59||48||42||90|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||65||36||44||80|
|Ron Francis, C||69||19||59||78|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||65||26||44||70|
|Larry Murphy, D||69||16||50||66|
|Joe Mullen, RW||57||24||31||55|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||69||25||29||54|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||61||2||20||22|
|Jim Paek, D||69||3||14||17|
|Paul Stanton, D||69||4||12||16|
|Bob Errey, LW||52||8||6||14|
|Dave Tippett, C||59||2||12||14|
|Troy Loney, LW||66||4||9||13|
|Mike Needham, RW||53||8||4||12|
|Mike Stapleton, C||63||3||7||10|
|Martin Straka, C||27||2||8||10|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||50||2||5||7|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||43||2||2||4|
|Bryan Fogarty, D||12||0||4||4|
|Grant Jennings, D||49||0||4||4|
|Jamie Leach, RW||5||0||0||0|
|Jay Caufield, RW||26||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-Shortstop Jay Bell went 1 for 3 with two RBIs for the Pirates in a 3-2 spring training loss to the Blue Jays at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)