"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' 4-3 win against the New Jersey Devils, March 23, 1993.
The Penguins won their eighth consecutive game at the Civic Arena. New Jersey took a 1-0 lead 32 seconds into the game when right winger John MacLean scored his 20th goal of the season against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Defenseman Scott Stevens recorded the only assist.
At 3:45 of the second period, a goal by right winger Rick Tocchet against goaltender Chris Terreri tied the game, 1-1. Assists went to defenseman Larry Murphy and center Mario Lemieux.
Tocchet scored again at 9:13 off assists from right winger Shawn McEachern and Lemieux to give the Penguins a 2-1 lead.
Lemieux scored a short-handed breakaway goal at the 13:39 mark to put the Penguins up, 3-1. The goal was unassisted.
Late in the period at 19:36, right winger Jaromir Jagr scored the eventual game-winning goal on a power play. Lemieux and Murphy had assists.
At 15:40 of the third period, left winger Valeri Zelepukin scored a short-handed goal to make it a 4-2 game. The lone assist went to center Alexander Semak.
Just over a minute later at the 16:54 mark, left winger Stephane Richer scorded his 30th goal of the season off assists from MacLean and center Bobby Holik.
-Barrasso made 25 saves in the victory.
-The win clinched a playoff spot for the Penguins.It also gave them the first 100-point season in franchise history.
-The Penguins set a franchise record for longest winning streak.
-Defenseman Peter Taglianetti played his first game for the Penguins since being re-acquired in a trade with the Lighting March 22.
Patrick Division standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||50||53||80||133|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||64||52||48||100|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||70||39||48||87|
|Ron Francis, C||75||20||67||87|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||70||31||49||80|
|Larry Murphy, D||74||18||58||76|
|Joe Mullen, RW||63||27||33||60|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||74||26||32||58|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||66||2||23||25|
|Troy Loney, LW||71||5||12||17|
|Jim Paek, D||74||3||14||17|
|Paul Stanton, D||73||4||12||16|
|Dave Tippett, C||64||2||14||16|
|Mike Needham, RW||53||8||4||12|
|Martin Straka, C||31||3||9||12|
|Mike Stapleton, C||68||3||7||10|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||54||2||5||7|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||48||2||3||5|
|Bryan Fogarty, D||12||0||4||4|
|Grant Jennings, D||50||0||4||4|
|Peter Taglianetti, D||1||0||0||0|
|Mike Ramsey, D||2||0||0||0|
|Jamie Leach, RW||5||0||0||0|
|Jay Caufield, RW||26||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-Right fielder Orlando Merced went 3 for 5 with an RBI for the Pirates in a 6-2 spring training loss to the Chicago White Sox at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla.