"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' 5-2 win against the New Jersey Devils, April 4, 1993.
The Penguins won their 14th consecutive game at Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, N.J. A power-play goal off a slap shot from the right circle by center Ron Francis against goaltender Chris Terreri gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead 13:25 into the game. Assists went to center Mario Lemieux and right winger Rick Tocchet.
Just 38 seconds into the second period, defenseman Larry Murphy scored a short-handed goal to make it a 2-0 contest. Francis and right winger Joe Mullen netted assists.
At the 7:14 mark, a power-play goal by Francis scored the eventual game-winning goal on another power play off assists from Tocchet and Lemieux.
Right winger Jaromir Jagr made it a 4-0 contest with a power-play goal off a wrist shot from the left circle at 15:22. Tocchet and Francis collected assists.
Late in the period at the 19:07, New Jersey finally got on the scoreboard when left winger Valeri Zelepukin scored his own power-play goal against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Defenseman Bruce Driver and right winger Claude Lemieux had assists.
The Devils made it a 4-2 game when right winger John MacLean scored the first even-strength goal of the contest 6:45 into the third period off assists from center Bernie Nicholls and defenseman Scott Stevens.
Mario Lemieux scored the game's final goal late in regulation on an empty net at the 19:41 mark. Jagr hade the only assist.
-Barrasso made 30 saves in the win.
-The three stars were 1.) Francis 2.) Tocchet 3.) Mario Lemieux.
-With their 14th consecutive win, the Penguins moved within one game of tying the 1981-82 Islanders' NHL record of 15 wins.
-Mario Lemieux extended a scoring streak to 14 games.
-Penguins defenseman Ulf Samuelsson (back) and left winger Kevin Stevens (illness) missed the game. They were replaced by defenseman Grant Jennings and right winger Mike Needham.
Patrick Division standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||56||62||88||150|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||69||53||53||106|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||76||44||55||99|
|Ron Francis, C||80||24||73||97|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||75||33||54||87|
|Larry Murphy, D||79||21||60||81|
|Joe Mullen, RW||69||29||37||66|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||80||27||33||60|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||71||2||24||26|
|Dave Tippett, C||70||5||17||22|
|Troy Loney, LW||77||5||15||20|
|Jim Paek, D||76||3||14||17|
|Paul Stanton, D||75||4||12||16|
|Martin Straka, C||35||3||12||15|
|Mike Needham, RW||54||8||4||12|
|Mike Stapleton, C||74||4||9||12|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||60||3||6||9|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||54||4||4||8|
|Peter Taglianetti, D||7||1||4||5|
|Bryan Fogarty, D||12||0||4||4|
|Grant Jennings, D||54||0||4||4|
|Mike Ramsey, D||8||0||2||2|
|Jamie Leach, RW||5||0||0||0|
|Jay Caufield, RW||27||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-Driver Mario Andretti won the Vavoline 200 at the Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz.