"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 win against the New Jersey Devils in Game 3 of a Patrick Division semifinal series, April 22, 1993.
The Penguins took a 3-0 series lead at Brednan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, N.J. Just 1:03 into the game, the Devils took a 1-0 lead when right winger Bill Guerin scored an unassisted goal against goaltender Tom Barrasso.
At 9:36 of the first period, the Penguins tied the contest when left winger Shawn McEachern scored against goaltender Craig Billington. The only assist was recorded by rookie center Martin Straka.
New Jersey reclaimed the lead, 2-1, when left winger Bobby Holik scored off an assist from defenseman Scott Stevens at 16:32 of the second period.
Just 1:07 into the third period, the Penguins tied the game again, 2-2, when center Mario Lemieux scored. Assists went to defensemen Larry Murphy and Mike Ramsey.
At the 7:05 mark, defenseman Peter Taglianetti scored off assists from left winger Troy Loney and center Dave Tippett to put the Penguins up 3-2.
Murphy scored the eventual game-winning goal at 9:31 on a power play. Center Ron Francis and right winger Rick Tocchet collected assists.
Shortly after that at the 9:44 mark, center Alexander Semak scored to make it a 4-3 game. Left winger Valeri Zelepukin was credited with the only assist.
-Barrasso made 29 saves in the victory.
-The three stars were 1.) Murphy 2.) Holik 3.) Francis.
-Dating back to 1992, the Penguins extended their NHL record postseason winning streak to 14 games.
|Mario Lemieux, C||3||4||2||6|
|Ron Francis, C||3||1||5||6|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||3||3||1||4|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||3||2||2||4|
|Larry Murphy, D||3||1||3||4|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||3||1||3||4|
|Mike Ramsey, D||3||0||4||4|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||3||2||1||3|
|Joe Mullen, RW||3||1||2||3|
|Peter Taglianetti, D||3||1||1||2|
|Dave Tippett, C||3||1||1||2|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||3||0||2||2|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||3||0||1||1|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||3||0||1||1|
|Troy Loney, LW||3||0||1||1|
|Martin Straka, C||3||0||1||1|
|Grant Jennings, D||3||0||0||0|
|Mike Stapleton, C||3||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-An overtime goal by center Ray Ferraro gave the New York Islanders a 4-3 win against the Washington Capitals in Game 3 of the other Patrick Division semifinal series at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. The Islanders took a 2-1 lead.
-An overtime goal by center Vincent Damphousse gave the Montreal Canadiens a 2-1 win against the rival Quebec Nordiques in Game 3 of an Adams Division semifinal series at the Montreal Forum. The Nordiques led the series, 2-1.
-An overtime goal by left winger Yuri Khmylev gave the Buffalo Sabres a 4-3 win against the Boston Bruins in Game 3 of the other Adams Division semifinal Series at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. The Sabres led the series, 3-0.
-Left fielder Lonnie Smith went 3 for 4 with two RBIs for the Pirates in a 5-4 win against the Cincinnati Reds at Three Rivers Stadium.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)