"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' 4-3 overtime win against the Montreal Canadiens, April 7, 1993.
The Penguins tied an NHL record by winning their 15th consecutive game at the Civic Arena. Just 1:47 into the contest, right winger Rick Tocchet scored a power-play goal with a tap-in against goaltender Patrick Roy to put the Penguins up, 1-0. Assists went to right winger Jaromir Jagr and center Mario Lemieux.
Montreal tied the game, 1-1, when left winger Gilbert Dionne scored against goaltender Tom Barrasso. The lone assist was recorded by center Paul DiPietro.
Tocchet scored again at 18:43 of the second period with a deflection to regain the lead for the Penguins, 2-1. Lemieux had the only assist. A video review confirmed the goal.
Just 1:51 into the third period, the Canadiens tied the game again, 2-2, when left winger Vincent Damphousse scored off assists from defenseman Lyle Odelein and right winger Todd Ewen.
Tocchet completed a hat trick at the 6:09 mark with a short-handed breakaway goal on a backhander. Center Ron Francis collected the sole assist.
At 14:40, a goal by center Kirk Muller tied the game again, 3-3. Assists were credited to center Denis Savard and left winger Benoit Brunet.
The Penguins took the game at 2:11 of the overitme period when defenseman Ulf Samuelsson scored off assists defenseman Larry Murphy and Tocchet.
-Barrasso made 31 saves to record the win. It was his 500th career game.
-The Penguins tied an NHL record with their 15th consecutive win. The mark was previous set by the 1981-82 Islanders.
-Tocchet recorded his 11th career hat trick. Tocchet's first goal gave him 100 points in a season for the first time in his career. He also established a new career high with 47 goals.
-Prior to the game, NHL president Gil Stein presented the Penguins with the President's Trophy after they had secured first place overall in the league standings.
Patrick Division standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||57||62||90||152|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||69||53||53||106|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||77||47||56||103|
|Ron Francis, C||81||24||74||98|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||76||33||55||89|
|Larry Murphy, D||80||21||61||82|
|Joe Mullen, RW||70||29||37||66|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||81||27||33||60|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||72||3||24||27|
|Dave Tippett, C||71||5||17||22|
|Troy Loney, LW||78||5||15||20|
|Jim Paek, D||76||3||14||17|
|Paul Stanton, D||75||4||12||16|
|Martin Straka, C||36||3||12||15|
|Mike Needham, RW||55||8||4||12|
|Mike Stapleton, C||75||4||9||12|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||61||3||6||9|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||55||4||4||8|
|Peter Taglianetti, D||8||1||4||5|
|Bryan Fogarty, D||12||0||4||4|
|Grant Jennings, D||55||0||4||4|
|Mike Ramsey, D||9||0||2||2|
|Jamie Leach, RW||5||0||0||0|
|Jay Caufield, RW||27||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-The San Francisco 49ers re-signed former Steelers quarterback Steve Bono.