"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' 6-6 tie against the New Jersey Devils, April 14, 1993.
The Penguins had a 17-game winning streak snapped with a regular season-ending tie at Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, N.J. A deflection goal by left winger Jeff Daniels against goaltender Craig Billington gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead 4:14 into the contest. Assists went to right winger Mike Needham and center Dave Tippett.
Just over six minutes later at 10:19 of the first period, New Jersey tied the game, 1-1, when right winger Claude Lemieux scored against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Center Alexander Semak and left winger Bobby Holik collected assists.
At the 12:40 mark, left winger Kevin Stevens regained the lead for the Penguins, 2-1, when he scored a power-play goal off assists from right winger Rick Tocchet and defenseman Larry Murphy.
The Devils tied the game again, 3-3, late in the period at 17:25 when left winger Valeri Zelepukin scored. Assists went to defensemen Bruce Driver and Scott Niedermayer.
Just 1:42 into the second period, a goal by center Mario Lemieux put the Penguins up, 3-2. Murphy and Tocchet were credited with assists.
Shortly after that at the 2:27 mark, Semak scord to re-tie the game, 3-3. Claude Lemieux and Zelepukin netted assists.
Less than two minutes later at 4:24, right winger Shawn McEachern gave the Penguins a 4-3 lead with a goal off assists from right winger Jaromir Jagr and Barrasso.
At 5:45, the Devils tied the game, 4-4, when defenseman Scott Stevens scored. Assists went to right winger Bill Guerin and left winger Scott Pellerin.
Mario Lemieux scored an unassisted short-handed breakaway goal at the 12:40 mark to regain the lead for the Penguins, 5-4.
Left winger Stephane Richer tied the game again, 5-5, when he scored at the 15:53 mark. Center Bernie Nicholls had the lone assist.
The Devils took their first lead, 6-5, when Claude Lemieux scored his 30th goal of the season at 17:40 off assists from Semak and Zelepukin.
The Penguins tied the game, 6-6, when right winger Joe Mullen scored on a backhander. Jagr and Mario Lemieux had assists.
-Barrasso made 33 saves to record the tie.
-The Penguins had their NHL-record 17-game winning streak snapped. Their last non-win was a 3-1 road loss to the Rangers, March 5.
-The three stars were 1.) Claude Lemieux 2.) Semak 3.) Mario Lemieux.
-The Penguins finished the regular season by securing franchise records for wins (56), points (119) and 100-point scorers (four).
-Mario Lemieux secured the Art Ross Trophy as the league's leading scorer for the fourth time in his career with 160 points.
-Stevens set a career high with 55 goals.
Patrick Division standings:
|Mario Lemieux, C||60||69||91||160|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||72||55||56||111|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||80||48||61||109|
|Ron Francis, C||84||24||76||100|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||81||34||60||94|
|Larry Murphy, D||83||22||63||85|
|Joe Mullen, RW||72||33||37||70|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||84||28||33||61|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||77||3||26||29|
|Dave Tippett, C||74||6||19||25|
|Troy Loney, LW||82||5||16||21|
|Jim Paek, D||77||3||15||18|
|Paul Stanton, D||77||4||12||16|
|Martin Straka, C||42||3||13||16|
|Mike Needham, RW||56||8||5||13|
|Mike Stapleton, C||78||4||9||13|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||58||5||4||9|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||63||3||6||9|
|Peter Taglianetti, D||11||1||4||5|
|Grant Jennings, D||58||0||5||5|
|Bryan Fogarty, D||12||0||4||4|
|Mike Ramsey, D||12||1||2||3|
|Jamie Leach, RW||5||0||0||0|
|Jay Caufield, RW||26||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-Center fielder Andy Van Slyke went 3 for 5 with a home run and five RBIs for the Pirates in an 11-7 defeat of the San Diego Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego.