"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' 10-2 win against the Hartford Whalers, April 1, 1993.
The Penguins won their 12th consecutive game at the Civic Arena. Center Mario Lemieux gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead with a goal against goaltender Mario Gosselin 3:12 into the contest. Assists went to defensemen Larry Murphy and Mike Ramsey.
Just over three minutes later at 6:40 of the first period, defenseman Peter Taglianetti made it a 2-0 game with a goal off assists from left winger Troy Loney and right winger Jaromir Jagr.
At the 11:19 mark, right winger Rick Tocchet scored the eventual game-winning goal. Loney and Taglianetti collected assists.
Right winger Shawn McEachern made it a 4-0 game at 16:09 with a goal off assists from former Whalers center Dave Tippett and Mike Stapleton.
Hartford got on the scoreboard late in the period at the 19:40 mark when center Andrew Cassels scored against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Assists were credited to left winger Geoff Sanderson and defenseman Eric Weinrich.
Just 2:58 into the second period, the Whalers made it a 4-2 game when right winger Terry Yake scored an unassisted short-handed goal.
Shortly after that at the 3:21 mark, Tocchet scored a power-play goal against former Penguins goaltender Frank Pietrangelo to give the Penguins a 5-2 lead. Left winger Kevin Stevens and Stapleton had assists.
A goal by right winger Joe Mullen at 12:36 put the Penguins up, 6-2. Assists went to former Whalers center Ron Francis and Taglianetti.
Tocchet completed his hat trick at the 14:56 mark and made it a 7-2 contest. Lemieux had the lone assist.
A goal by left winger Jeff Daniels at 16:12 put the Penguins up, 8-2. Jagr and rookie center Martin Starka were credited with assists.
Daniels scored his second goal of the contest shortly after that at the 16:31 mark off assists from Straka and former Whalers defenseman Ulf Samuelsson.
The game's final goal was scored by Lemieux against Gosselin at 9:39 of the third period. The scored was unassisted.
-Barrasso made 25 saves in the victory.
-Tocchet recorded his 10th career hat trick.
-The Penguins set a franchise record by going unbeaten in 12 consecutive games.
-Loney's second assist gave him 100 in his career.
Patrick Division standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||54||59||85||144|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||68||53||52||105|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||74||44||50||94|
|Ron Francis, C||79||22||71||93|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||74||32||53||85|
|Larry Murphy, D||77||20||59||79|
|Joe Mullen, RW||67||28||35||63|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||78||27||32||59|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||70||2||24||26|
|Troy Loney, LW||75||5||15||20|
|Dave Tippett, C||68||3||17||20|
|Jim Paek, D||75||3||14||17|
|Paul Stanton, D||74||4||12||16|
|Martin Straka, C||34||3||12||15|
|Mike Needham, RW||53||8||4||12|
|Mike Stapleton, C||72||4||9||12|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||52||4||4||8|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||58||3||5||8|
|Peter Taglianetti, D||5||1||4||5|
|Bryan Fogarty, D||12||0||4||4|
|Grant Jennings, D||53||0||4||4|
|Mike Ramsey, D||6||0||2||2|
|Jamie Leach, RW||5||0||0||0|
|Jay Caufield, RW||27||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-First baseman Kevin Young went 2 for 4 with a home run and four RBIs for the Pirates in an 8-3 spring training win against the Whilte Sox at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)