"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' 5-3 win against the New Jersey Devils in Game 5 of a Patrick Division semifinal series, April 25, 1993.
The Penguins won the series, 4-1, with a win at the Civic Arena. Center Mario Lemieux gave the Penguins 1-0 lead 5:04 into the games with a power-play goal against goaltender Chris Terreri. Assists went to left winger Kevin Stevens and center Ron Francis.
Late in the first period at the 18:23 mark, a goal by Tocchet put the Penguins up, 2-0. Stevens had the lone assist.
New Jersey got on the scoreboard just 1:35 into the second period when left winger Stephane Richer scored against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Right winger John MacLean and defenseman Viacheslav Fetisov collected assists.
A short-handed goal by defenseman Bruce Driver at the 9:22 mark tied the game, 2-2. Defenseman Scott Stevens had the only assist.
The Devils took a 3-2 lead at 13:58 when defenseman Tommy Abelin scored with a redirection off assists from center Peter Stastny and Fetisov.
The Penguins tied the game once again, 3-3, when Francis scored on a power play. Assists went to defenseman Larry Murphy and Lemieux.
Shortly after that, left winger Jeff Daniels scored the evenutal game-winning goal off assists from center Dave Tippett and defenseman Ulf Samuelsson.
Late in regulation at the 18:59 mark, Daniels added an empty net goal. Assists were credited to Tippett and Tocchet.
-Barrasso made 19 saves in the victory.
|Mario Lemieux, C||5||5||4||9|
|Ron Francis, C||5||2||6||8|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||5||2||5||7|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||5||3||3||6|
|Larry Murphy, D||5||1||4||5|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||5||3||1||4|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||5||2||2||4|
|Dave Tippett, C||5||1||3||4|
|Mike Ramsey, D||5||0||4||4|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||5||2||1||3|
|Joe Mullen, RW||5||1||2||3|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||5||0||3||3|
|Peter Taglianetti, D||5||1||1||2|
|Troy Loney, LW||3||0||1||1|
|Martin Straka, C||5||0||1||1|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||5||0||1||1|
|Mike Needham, C||2||0||0||0|
|Grant Jennings, D||5||0||0||0|
|Mike Stapleton, C||5||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-A hat trick by defenseman Al Iafrate led the Capitals to a 6-4 win in Game 5 of the other Patrick Division Division semifinal series at the Capital Centre in Landover, Md. The Islanders had a 3-2 series lead.
-An overtime goal by left winger Kirk Muller gave the Canadiens a 5-4 win against the rival Quebec Nordiques in Game 5 of an Adams Division semifinal series. The Canadiens took a 3-2 series lead.
-A leadoff home run by leftfielder Lonnie Smith in the 11th inning led the Pirates to a 4-3 win against the Atlanta Braves at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.
-In the second day of the NFL draft, the Steelers selected UNLV guard Lonnie Palelei and Mississippi State linebacker Mark Woodard in the fifth round, Western Carolina cornerback Willie Williams in the sixth round, Purdue defensive tackle Jeff Zgonina and Lenoir-Rhye tight end Craig Keith in the seventh round and Pitt quarterback Alex Van Pelt in the eighth round.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)