"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' 4-1 loss against the New Jersey Devils in Game 4 of a Patrick Division semifinal series, April 25, 1993.
The Penguins lost their first game of the series in at Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, N.J. Just 5:22 into the contest, New Jersey took a 1-0 lead when left winger Stephane Richer scored against goaltender Tom Barrasso on a power play. Assists went to defenseman Bruce Driver and center Peter Stastny.
Late in the second period at the 19:50 mark, defenseman Tommy Abelin scored the eventual game-winning goal on a power play. Richer had the lone assist.
Only 1:52 into the third period, right wiinger Claude Lemieux scored on a power play to give the Devils a 3-0 lead. Defenseman Scott Niedermayer and Richer collected assists.
The Penguins finally got on the scoreboard at the 3:28 mark when left winger Kevin Stevens scored against goaltender Chris Terreri. Assists were credited to center Mario Lemieux and right winger Rick Tocchet.
The game's final goal was scored by Claude Lemieux on an empty net off assists from Driver and left winger Valeri Zelepukin.
-Barrasso made 24 saves in the loss.
-The three stars were: 1.) Richer 2.) Terreri 3.) Claude Lemieux.
-The Penguins had their NHL record 14-game postseason winning streak snapped. The streak had dated back to 1992.
-Including the regular season, the Penguins had a 21-game unbeaten streak snapped dating back to March 5.
|Mario Lemieux, C||4||4||3||7|
|Ron Francis, C||4||1||5||6|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||4||2||3||5|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||4||3||1||4|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||4||2||2||4|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||4||2||2||4|
|Larry Murphy, D||4||1||3||4|
|Mike Ramsey, D||4||0||4||4|
|Joe Mullen, RW||4||1||2||3|
|Peter Taglianetti, D||4||1||1||2|
|Dave Tippett, C||4||1||1||2|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||4||0||2||2|
|Troy Loney, LW||3||0||1||1|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||4||0||1||1|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||4||0||1||1|
|Martin Straka, C||4||0||1||1|
|Mike Needham, C||1||0||0||0|
|Grant Jennings, D||4||0||0||0|
|Mike Stapleton, C||4||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-An overtime goal by right winger Brett Hull gave the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 win against the rival Blackhawks in Game 4 of a Norris Division semifinal series at the St. Louis Arena. The Blues won the series, 4-0.
-Two goals by left winger Dave Andreychuk led the Maple Leafs to a 3-2 win against the rival Red Wings in Game 4 of the other Norris Division semifinal series at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. The series was tied, 2-2.
-Goaltender Robb Stauber made 28 saves for the Los Angeles Kings in a 3-1 win against the Calgary Flames in Game 4 of a Smythe Division semifinal series at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The series was tied, 2-2.
-Goaltender Kirk MacLean made 29 saves for the Vancouver Canucks in a 3-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets in Game 4 of the other Smythe Division semifinal series at the Winnipeg Arena. The Canucks led the series, 3-1.
-In the first day of the NFL draft, the Steelers selected Colorado corner back Deon Figures in the first round, Colorado linebacker Chad Brown in the second round, Georgia wide receiver Andre Hastings in the third round and Mississippi State defensive end Kevin Henry in the fourth round. The New England Patriots selected Washington State quarterback Drew Bledsoe with the first overall pick. The Los Angeles Rams selected Notre Dame running back Jerome Bettis with the 10th overall pick while the Miami Dolphins selected Penn State wide receiver O.J. McDuffie with the 25th overall pick.
-First baseman Kevin Young went 1 for 2 with two RBIs for the Pirates in a 7-2 win against the Houston Astros at Three Rivers Stadium.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)