"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' 5-3 win against the Quebec Nordiques, April 3, 1993.
The Penguins won their 13th consecutive game at the Colisée de Québec in Quebec City, Quebec. The Nordiques took a 1-0 lead 6:05 into the game when left winger Valeri Kamensky scored against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Defenseman Kerry Huffman had the lone assist.
Just over 10 minutes later at 16:52 of the first period, former Penguins right winger Scott Young scored off assists from center Claude Lapointe and Huffman.
The Penguins got on the scoreboard 3:54 into the second period when right winger Joe Mullen scored against goaltender Ron Hextall. Assists went to center Mario Lemieux and defenseman Larry Murphy.
At the 5:07 mark, Lemieux scored his 60th goal of the season off assists from right winger Rick Tocchet and defenseman Kjell Samuelsson.
Lemieux scored again at the 8:12 mark to give the Penguins their first lead of the game, 3-2. Tocchet and left winger Kevin Stevens netted assists.
The Nordiques tied the game again, 3-3, when Young scored at the 14:52 mark. Center Mats Sundin and right winger Andrei Kovalenko were credited with assists.
At 3:52 of the third period, center Dave Tippett scored the eventual game-winning goal while shorthanded. The goal was unassisted.
Tippett added an insurance goal at the 8:52 mark off assists from right winger Shawn McEachern and Mullen.
-Barrasso made 33 saves in the victory.
-The three stars were 1.) Barrasso 2.) Lemieux 3.) Young.
Patrick Division standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||55||61||86||147|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||69||53||53||106|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||75||44||52||96|
|Ron Francis, C||79||22||71||93|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||74||32||53||85|
|Larry Murphy, D||78||20||60||80|
|Joe Mullen, RW||68||29||36||65|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||79||27||33||60|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||71||2||24||26|
|Dave Tippett, C||69||5||17||22|
|Troy Loney, LW||76||5||15||20|
|Jim Paek, D||75||3||14||17|
|Paul Stanton, D||75||4||12||16|
|Martin Straka, C||34||3||12||15|
|Mike Needham, RW||53||8||4||12|
|Mike Stapleton, C||73||4||9||12|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||59||3||6||9|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||53||4||4||8|
|Peter Taglianetti, D||6||1||4||5|
|Bryan Fogarty, D||12||0||4||4|
|Grant Jennings, D||53||0||4||4|
|Mike Ramsey, D||7||0||2||2|
|Jamie Leach, RW||5||0||0||0|
|Jay Caufield, RW||27||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-The Steelers signed free agent outside linebacker Kevin Greene, formerly of the Los Angeles Rams, to a three-year contract worth a total of $5.3 million.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)