"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' 7-5 win against the New York Islanders, March 18, 1993.
The Penguins won their fourth consecutive game at the Civic Arena. Exactly one minute into the contest, center Mario Lemieux gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead with a goal against goaltender Don Beaupre. Left winger Kevin Stevens and former Capitals defenseman Larry Murphynetted assists.
Lemieux scored again off an offensive zone faceoff win at 4:28 to put the Penguins up, 2-0. The scored was unassisted.
Just 2:57 into the second period, right winger Jaromir Jagr scored with a backhander off assists from Lemieux and defenseman Ulf Samuelsson to make it a 3-0 contest.
Shortly after that, Lemieux completed the hat trick at the 3:30 mark to put the Penguins up, 4-0. Jagr and Stevens had assists.
Stevens scored on a power play at 14:45 off assists from Lemieux and center Ron Francis to increase the lead, 5-0.
The Capitals finally got on the scoreboard just 1:58 into the third period when defenseman Kevin Hatcher scored against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Assists went to left wingers Kelly Miller and Todd Krygier.
Lemieux scored his fourth goal of the game on a power play which proved to be the game-winner versus goaltender Jim Hrivnak at the 5:35 mark. Murphy collected the lone assist.
At the 11:05 mark, right winger Shawn McEachern scored an insurance goal at 11:05 to give the Penguins a 7-1 lead. Assists went to left winger Jeff Daniels and center Dave Tippett.
Quickly after that, defenseman Paul Cavallini scored against goaltender Ken Wregget at 11:43 to make it a 7-2 game. The only assist was recorded by left winger Dmitri Khristich.
Washington narrowed the lead to 7-3 at the 12:13 mark when left winger Alan May scored off assists from center Dale Hunter and right winger Keith Jones.
At the 17:39 mark, defenseman Al Iafrate collected a goal which made it a 7-4 contest. Assists went to right winger Paul MacDermid and Miller.
Krygier scored a short-handed goal at 19:40. Assists went to Khristich and Hrivnak.
-Barrasso made 25 saves to record the win.
-The three stars were: 1.) Lemieux 2.) Barrasso 3.) Jagr.
-Lemieux recorded his 29th career hat trick and second of the season.
-Barrasso left the game at 5:35 of the third period due to a knee ailment.
-The Penguins tied a franchise record with their 25th home win of the season. The mark was previous set in 1974-75 and tied in 1990-91.
Patrick Division standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||46||45||73||118|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||60||49||44||93|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||66||36||44||80|
|Ron Francis, C||70||19||60||79|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||66||27||45||72|
|Larry Murphy, D||70||16||52||68|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||70||26||29||55|
|Joe Mullen, RW||58||24||31||55|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||62||2||21||23|
|Jim Paek, D||70||3||14||17|
|Paul Stanton, D||70||4||12||16|
|Dave Tippett, C||60||2||13||15|
|Bob Errey, LW||53||8||6||14|
|Troy Loney, LW||67||4||9||13|
|Mike Needham, RW||53||8||4||12|
|Mike Stapleton, C||64||3||7||10|
|Martin Straka, C||28||2||8||10|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||50||2||5||7|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||44||2||3||5|
|Bryan Fogarty, D||12||0||4||4|
|Grant Jennings, D||50||0||4||4|
|Jamie Leach, RW||5||0||0||0|
|Jay Caufield, RW||26||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-Former Steelers linebacker Hardy Nickerson signed a three-year contract worth $5.1 million with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.