"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 Ottawa Senators, March 31, 1993.
The Penguins won their 11th consecutive game at the Civic Arena. An unassisted goal by defenseman Kjell Samuelsson against goaltender Peter Sidorkiewicz gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead 8:48 into the contest.
Ottawa responded shortly after that at 8:57 of the first period when center Laurie Boschman scored against goaltender Ken Wregget. Assists went to left wingers Darcy Loewen and Mark Freer.
Exactly four minutes later at the 12:57 mark, defenseman Brad Shaw scored on a power play off assists from defenseman Norm Maciver and center Jamie Baker to give the Senators a 2-1 lead.
The Penguins tied the game, 21-2, at 16:00 when defenseman Larry Murphy scored. Center Mario Lemieux and left winger Kevin Stevens netted assists.
A goal by center Ron Francis late in the period at the 19:08 mark gave the Penguins a 3-2 lead. Right winger Jaromir Jagr and defenseman Mike Ramsey collected assists.
Murphy scored his 20th goal of the season 7:24 into the second period on a power play off assists from Francis and Stevens.
Exactly five minutes later at the 12:24 mark, Francis scored the eventual game-winning goal. Assists went to right winger Joe Mullen and left wingers Jeff Daniels.
Late in the period at 18:47, a goal by right winger Dave Archibald made it a 5-3 contest. Maciver and Shaw had assists.
Lemieux scored 6:57 into the third period to put the Penguins up 6-3. Right winger Rick Tocchet netted the lone assists.
The game's final goal was scored by right winger Jody Hull on a power play at 8:49. Assists went to Freer and defenseman Chris Luongo.
-Wregget made 19 saves in the victory.
-Murphy's first goal was the 200th of his career.
-Ramsey recorded his first point with the Penguins.
-The Penguins tied a franchise record by going unbeaten in 11 consecutive games. The original mark was set by the 1975-76 club which went had a 7-0-4 stretch.
-The epansion Senators tied an NHL record by losing their 37th consecutive road game. The original mark was set by another expansion team, the Washington Capitals, in 1974-75.
Patrick Division standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||53||57||84||141|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||67||53||51||104|
|Ron Francis, C||78||22||70||92|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||73||41||50||91|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||73||32||51||83|
|Larry Murphy, D||76||20||58||78|
|Joe Mullen, RW||66||27||35||62|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||77||26||32||58|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||69||2||23||25|
|Dave Tippett, C||67||3||16||19|
|Troy Loney, LW||74||5||13||18|
|Jim Paek, D||75||3||14||17|
|Paul Stanton, D||74||4||12||16|
|Martin Straka, C||33||3||10||13|
|Mike Needham, RW||53||8||4||12|
|Mike Stapleton, C||71||4||7||10|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||57||3||5||8|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||51||2||4||6|
|Bryan Fogarty, D||12||0||4||4|
|Grant Jennings, D||52||0||4||4|
|Peter Taglianetti, D||4||0||2||2|
|Mike Ramsey, D||5||0||1||1|
|Jamie Leach, RW||5||0||0||0|
|Jay Caufield, RW||27||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-Third baseman Jeff King and first baseman Kevin Young each went 3 for 6 with two RBIs for the Pirates in a 12-11 srping training win against the St. Louis Cardinals at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)