"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' 10-4 win against the New York Rangers, April 9, 1993.
The Penguins set an NHL record with their 16th consecutive win at Madison Square Garden in New York. A short-handed goal by right winger Joe Mullen against goaltender Corey Hirsch 11:02 into the contest made it a 1-0 game. The goal was unassisted.
New York tied the game, 1-1, when left winger Adam Graves scored an unassisted goal against goaltender Tom Barrasso at 15:25 of the first period.
Just under a minute later at 16:24, defenseman Larry Murphy scored on a rebound to make it a 2-1 game off assists from left winger Kevin Stevens and right winger Rick Tocchet.
Shortly after that, the Rangers tied the game again, 2-2, when center John McIntyre scored. Assists went to left winger Jan Erixon and defenseman Jay Wells.
Just 4:43 into the second period, center Mario Lemieux put the Penguins up 3-2 with a goal off a slap shot from the right circle. The only assist went to defenseman Ulf Samuelsson.
The Rangers tied the game again, 3-3, at the 6:01 mark when right winger Tony Amonte scored off assists from left winger Esa Tikkanen and defenseman Joe Cirella.
Just over two minutes later at 8:09, the Penguins took the lead for good when Lemieux scored a power-play goal off assists from center Ron Francis and Tocchet.
Lemieux completed a hat trick and scored a short-handed breakaway goal at 16:05 of the period. Barrasso had the lone assist on the eventual game-winning goal.
Just 1:52 into the third period, Mullen scored scored on a power play against goaltender Mike Richter to give the Penguins a 6-3 lead. Right winger Jaromir Jagr and Samuelsson netted assists.
Lemieux scored his fourth goal of the game at the 4:14 mark. Assists went to Tocchet and Stevens.
Exactly four minutes later, Jagr scored on a breakaway to give the Penguins an 8-3 lead. Barrasso had the lone assist.
Less than a minute later, Mullen scored again and completed a hat trick to make it a 9-3 contest. Francis was credited with the only assist.
The Penguins' final goal was scored by Lemieux on a backhander at the 11:15 mark off assists from Stevens and defenseman Grant Jennings. Rangers fans offered a standing ovation for Lemieux.
Rookie right winger Alexei Kovalev scored his 20th goal of the season late in regulation at the 18:40 mark. It was unassisted.
-Barrasso made 21 saves in the victory.
-The Penguins set an NHL record with their 16th consecutive win. The previous mark of 15 games was set by the 1981-82 Oilers.
-The Penguins recorded hat tricks in the same game for the fifth time in franchise history.
-Lemieux recorded the 31st hat trick of his career and the second-five goal game of his career.
-Francis recorded his 100th point of the season. It was the second time in his career he reached that plateau.
Patrick Division standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||58||67||90||157|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||70||53||56||109|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||78||47||59||106|
|Ron Francis, C||82||24||76||100|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||77||34||56||91|
|Larry Murphy, D||81||22||61||83|
|Joe Mullen, RW||71||32||37||69|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||82||27||33||60|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||73||3||26||29|
|Dave Tippett, C||72||5||17||22|
|Troy Loney, LW||79||5||15||20|
|Jim Paek, D||76||3||14||17|
|Paul Stanton, D||75||4||12||16|
|Martin Straka, C||37||3||12||15|
|Mike Needham, RW||55||8||4||12|
|Mike Stapleton, C||76||4||9||12|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||61||3||6||9|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||56||4||4||8|
|Peter Taglianetti, D||9||1||4||5|
|Grant Jennings, D||56||0||5||5|
|Bryan Fogarty, D||12||0||4||4|
|Mike Ramsey, D||10||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 two-run home run and four RBIs for the Pirates in a 6-5 win against the San Francisco Giants at Three Rivers Stadium. In his first game in Pittsburgh after leaving as a free agent the previous offseason, Giants left fielder Barry Bonds went 2 for 4 with an RBI.