"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' 6-3 win against the New Jersey Devils in Game 1 of a Patrick Division semifinal series, April 18, 1993.
The Penguins opened the postseason and took a 1-0 series lead at the Civic Arena. Just 1:40 into the contest, a power-play goal by right winger Rick Tocchet against goaltender Chris Terreri gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead. Assists went to left winger Kevin Stevens and center Mario Lemieux.
At the 6:24 mark, New Jersey tied the game, 1-1, when center Dave Barr scored against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Right winger Bill Guerin and and left winger Bobby Holik collected assists.
A goal by Lemieux at 9:33 reclaimed the lead for the Penguins, 2-1. Right winger Jaromir Jagr and defenseman Mike Ramsey netted assists.
Lemieux scored his second goal of the game on a power play at 4:11 of the second period to make it a 3-1 game. Assists were credited to Stevens and defenseman Larry Murphy.
Center Ron Francis scored the eventual game-winning goal at 12:57 off assists from Ramsey and right winger Joe Mullen.
A goal by Tippett at 17:13 made it a 5-1 game. Jagr and right winger Shawn McEachern had assists.
Jagr scored the Penguins' final goal of the game on a power play at 8:35 of the third period off assists from defenseman Kjell Samuelsson and Lemieux.
At 11:48, a power-play goal by defenseman Scott Stevens made it a 6-2 contest. Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Bruce Driver had assists.
Scott Stevens scored the game's final goal late at the 18:56 mark. Assists went to center Alexander Semak and Niedermayer.
-Barrasso made 32 saves in the victory.
-Dating back to the 1992 postseason, the Penguins won their 12th consecutive postseason game. That tied a mark established by the Edmonton Oilers in 1984 and 1985.
-Lemieux's second assist gave him 100 career postseason points.
|Mario Lemieux, C||1||2||2||4|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||1||1||2||3|
|Mike Ramsey, D||1||0||2||2|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||1||0||2||2|
|Ron Francis, C||1||1||0||1|
|Dave Tippett, C||1||1||0||1|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||1||1||0||1|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||1||0||1||1|
|Joe Mullen, RW||1||0||1||1|
|Larry Murphy, D||1||0||1||1|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||1||0||1||1|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||1||0||0||0|
|Grant Jennings, D||1||0||0||0|
|Troy Loney, LW||1||0||0||0|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||1||0||0||0|
|Mike Stapleton, C||1||0||0||0|
|Martin Straka, C||1||0||0||0|
|Peter Taglianetti, D||1||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-Two goals by center Dale Hunter led the Washington Capitals to a 3-1 win against the New York Islanders in Game 1 of the other Patrick Division semifinal series at the Capitals Centre in Landover Maryland. The Capitals took a 1-0 series lead.
-An overtime goal by former Penguins right winger Scott Young gave the Quebec Nordiques a 3-2 win against the rival Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of an Adams Division semifinal series at Colisée de Québec in Quebec City. The Nordiques took a 1-0 series lead.
-An overtime goal by center Bob Sweeney gave the Buffalo Sabres a 5-4 win against the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the other Adams Division semifinal series at the Boston Garden. The Sabres took a 1-0 series lead.
-Defenseman Jeff Brown had a goal and two assists for the St. Louis Blues who beat the rival Blackhawks, 4-3, in Game 1 of a Norris Division semifinal series at Chicago Stadium. The Blues took a 1-0 series lead.
-Center Jimmy Carson scored two goals for the Los Angeles Kings in a 6-3 win against the Calgary Flames Game 1 of a Smythe Division semifinal series at the Olympic Saddledome in Calgary. The Kings took a 1-0 series lead.
-Shortstop Jay Bell went 3 for 5 with an RBI for the Pirates in a 6-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)