"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' 9-3 win against the Philadelphia Flyers, March 20, 1993.
The Penguins won their fifth consecutive game at the Civic Arena. Center Mario Lemieux gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead 15:08 into the game with a power-play goal off a rebound against goaltender Tommy Soderstrom. Assists went to right winger Jaromir Jagr and left winger Kevin Stevens.
Less than two minutes later at 17:04 of the first period, a goal off a slapper from the right circle by right winger Joe Mullen made it a 2-0 game. Center Dave Tippett and right winger Joe Mullen collected assists.
Lemieux scored again on a breakaway at 11:13 of the second period to give the Penguins a 3-0 lead. Assists were credited to center Ron Francis and defenseman Larry Muprhy.
Less than a minute after that, former Flyers right winger Rick Tocchet scored the evenutal game-winning goal off assists from Mullen and Francis.
At the 15:58 mark, left winger Troy Loney scored his fifth goal of the season with a backhander to give the Penguins a 5-0 lead. McEachern recorded the lone assist.
Less than a minute later at 16:43, Francis scored his 20th goal of the season off assists from Loney and Jagr.
Late in the period at 19:21, Lemieux completed a hat trick on a power play. Stevens and Francis netted assists.
The Flyers finally got on the scoreboard at 2:26 of the third period when right winger Josef Beranek scored against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Assists went to defenseman Terry Carkner and defenseman Ryan McGill.
Rookie center Eric Lindros made it a 7-2 game at the 11:41 mark with a goal off assists from left winger Andrei Lomakin and defenseman Garry Galley.
Philadelphia's final goal of the game was scored by center Rod Brind'Amour at 13:36. Former Penguins right winger Mark Recchi and left winger Pelle Eklund netted assists.
Less than a minute later at 14:25, Jagr scored against goaltender Dominic Roussel off assists from defenseman Ulf Samuelsson and Lemieux.
Lemieux recorded his fourth goal of the game off a rebound on a power play at the 16:11 mark. Murphy and Francis had assists.
-Barrasso made 29 saves in the win.
-Lemieux recorded four goals for the second consecutive game. It was the second time in franchise history someone accomplished this feat. Mullen did it during the 1991-92 season.
-It was the ninth four-goal game in Lemieux's career and his 30th career hat trick.
-Jagr's second assist was his 200th career point.
-Francis reached 20 goals for the 12th consecutive season.
Patrick Division standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||47||49||74||123|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||61||49||46||95|
|Ron Francis, C||71||20||64||84|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||67||37||44||81|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||67||28||47||75|
|Larry Murphy, D||71||16||54||70|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||71||26||31||57|
|Joe Mullen, RW||59||25||32||57|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||63||2||22||24|
|Jim Paek, D||71||3||14||17|
|Paul Stanton, D||71||4||12||16|
|Dave Tippett, C||61||2||14||16|
|Troy Loney, LW||68||5||10||15|
|Bob Errey, LW||54||8||6||14|
|Mike Needham, RW||53||8||4||12|
|Mike Stapleton, C||65||3||7||10|
|Martin Straka, C||28||2||8||10|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||51||2||5||7|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||45||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:
-Rangers defenseman Brian Leetch suffered a fractured right ankle when he slipped on ice while exiting a taxi outside his apartment in New York.