"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' 6-4 win against the Edmonton Oilers, March 21, 1993.
The Penguins extended their winning streak to six games in a neutral site contest at Richfield Coliseum in Richfield, Ohio. Center Mario Lemieux scored his 50th goal of the season with a wrister and gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead with a score against goaltender Ron Tugnutt on a power play 2:32 into contest. Right winger Joe Mullen and defenseman Larry Murphy had assists.
Edmonton tied the game, 1-1, at 13:44 of the first period when center Shjon Podein scored against goaltender Ken Wregget. Assists went to center Doug Weight and right winger Steven Rice.
A goal by left winger Martin Gelinas gave the Oilers a 2-1 lead at the 16:53 mark. Right winger Scott Mellanby and defenseman Brian Benning collected assists.
Late in the period at 18:36, the Penguins tied the game again, 2-2, when left winger Kevin Stevens scored his 50th goal of the season on a power play. Right winger Rick Tocchet and center Ron Francis earned assists.
Just 1:52 into the second period, right winger Jaromir Jagr scored an unassisted goal to give the Penguins a 3-2 lead.
The Penguins went up 4-2 when Mullen scored a short-handed goal on a slapper. Francis had the lone assist.
Right winger Petr Klima scored his 30th goal of the season on a power play at 13:30 to make it a 4-3 game. Center Todd Elik and left winger Shayne Corson had assists.
Mullen scored the eventual game-winning goal at the 15:00 mark off assists from Murphy and Francis.
Center Bill McDougall made it a 5-4 game with a goal just 2:58 into the third period. Mellanby had the only assist.
Late in the contest, Murphy scored the game's final goal at 18:32 on an empty net.
-Wregget made 30 saves in the victory.
-The three stars were: 1.) Mullen 2.) Francis 3.) Jagr.
-The Penguins set a franchise record for most road wings (19) and road points (40).
-Lemieux reached the 50-goal mark for the fourth time in his career while Stevens reached the mark for the second time.
-The Penguins played in Richfield for the first time since beating the Cleveland Barons, 3-2, April 9, 1978.
Patrick Division standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||48||50||74||124|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||62||50||46||96|
|Ron Francis, C||72||20||67||87|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||68||37||45||82|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||68||29||47||76|
|Larry Murphy, D||72||17||56||73|
|Joe Mullen, RW||60||27||33||60|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||72||26||31||57|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||64||2||22||24|
|Jim Paek, D||72||3||14||17|
|Paul Stanton, D||72||4||12||16|
|Dave Tippett, C||62||2||14||16|
|Troy Loney, LW||69||5||10||15|
|Bob Errey, LW||55||8||6||14|
|Mike Needham, RW||53||8||4||12|
|Mike Stapleton, C||66||3||7||10|
|Martin Straka, C||29||2||8||10|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||52||2||5||7|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||46||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:
-Forward Pervires Greene scored 15 points for West Virginia which lost to Providence, 68-67, in a second-round NIT contest at the Providence Civic Center in Providence, R.I.
-First baseman Kevin Young went 1 for 3 with a RBI for the Pirates in a 6-2 sping training loss against the Twins at Hammonds Stadium in South Fort Myers, Fla.