"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' 4-1 win against the Washington Capitals, March 28, 1993.
The Penguins won their 10th consecutive game at the Capital Centre in Landover, Md. Center Mike Stapleton gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead 8:45 into the game with a goal against goaltender Rick Tabaracci. Assists went to centers Martin Straka and Dave Tippett.
At 9:56 of the second period, left winger Kevin Stevens scored the eventual game-winning goal on a power play. Centers Ron Francis and Mario Lemieux were credited with assists.
Just 45 seconds into the third period, right winger Rick Tocchet scored off assists from Stevens and Lemieux to make it a 3-0 game.
Washington finally got on the scoreboard at the 13:24 mark when right winger Pat Elyniuk scored against goaltender Tom Barrasso. The only assist was credited to center Dale Hunter.
Late in the contest at 18:50, Lemieux scored an empty-net goal off assists from Tocchet and Tippett.
-Barrasso made 30 saves to record the win.
-The three stars were 1.) Barrasso 2.) Stevens 3.) Lemieux.
-The win clinched the Penguins' second Patrick Division title in franchise history. The previous one was in 1990-91.
-Former Capitals defenseman Larry Murphy was scratched due to a back ailment.
Patrick Division standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||52||56||83||139|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||66||53||49||102|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||72||41||49||90|
|Ron Francis, C||77||20||69||89|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||72||32||50||82|
|Larry Murphy, D||75||18||58||76|
|Joe Mullen, RW||65||27||34||61|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||76||26||32||58|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||68||2||23||25|
|Dave Tippett, C||66||3||16||19|
|Troy Loney, LW||73||5||13||18|
|Jim Paek, D||75||3||14||17|
|Paul Stanton, D||74||4||12||16|
|Martin Straka, C||32||3||10||13|
|Mike Needham, RW||53||8||4||12|
|Mike Stapleton, C||70||4||7||10|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||56||2||5||7|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||50||2||3||5|
|Bryan Fogarty, D||12||0||4||4|
|Grant Jennings, D||51||0||4||4|
|Peter Taglianetti, D||3||0||2||2|
|Mike Ramsey, D||4||0||0||0|
|Jamie Leach, RW||5||0||0||0|
|Jay Caufield, RW||27||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-Catcher Don Slaught went 1 for 3 with an RBI for the Pirates in a 3-2 spring training loss to the White Sox at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)