Twenty Years Later - Islanders 6, Penguins 5 - 05-08-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

"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' 6-5 loss against the New York Islanders in Game 4 of the Patrick Division final series, May 8, 1993.

The Islanders tied the series, 2-2, at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. After a scoreless first period, The Penguins took a 1-0 lead 13:12 into the second period with an unassisted goal by right winger Jaromir Jagr against goaltender Glenn Healy.

New York responed at 15:44 when center Ray Ferraro scored on a power play against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Assists went to left winger Derek King and defenseman Vladimir Malakhov.

Late in the period at the 19:43 mark, an unassisted short-handed goal by center Tom Fitzgerald put the Islanders up, 2-1.

Fitzgerald scored again just 25 seconds into the third period with another short-handed goal. Defenseman Darius Kasparaitis collected the only assist.

At 2:32, an unassisted goal by left winger Troy Loney made it a 3-2 game.

Shortly after that, at the 2:53 mark, the Penguins tied the contest again, 3-3, when right winger Rick Tocchet scored off assists from defenseman Mike Ramsey and Loney.

New York reclaimed the lead, 4-3, whe King scored at 3:31. Defenseman Dennis Vaske and right winger Patrick Flatley were credited with assists.

A power-play goal by left winger Kevin Stevens tied the game yet again, 4-4 at the 6:24 mark. Center Mario Lemieux and defenseman Larry Murphy had assists.

A goal by Malakhov regained a 5-4 lead for the Islanders at 9:11. Right winger Brian Mullen netted the lone assist.

The Penguins forced another tie, 5-5, when center Ron Francis scored off an assist from defenseman Paul Stanton.

At 12:11, King scored the eventual game-winning goal off assists from Ferraro and defenseman Jeff Norton.


-Barrasso made 29 saves in the loss.

-The three stars were: 1.) King 2.) Fitzgerald 3.) Malakhov.

-Fitzgerald became the seventh player in NHL history to score two short-handed goals in the same game.


Goals Assists Points
Ron Francis, C 9 5 8 13
Mario Lemieux, C 7 5 6 11
Rick Tocchet, RW 9 5 4 9
Kevin Stevens, LW 9 3 6 9
Jaromir Jagr, RW 9 4 3 7
Larry Murphy, D 9 1 6 7
Mike Ramsey, D 9 0 6 6
Jeff Daniels, LW 9 3 2 5
Joe Mullen, RW 9 3 2 5
Shawn McEachern, LW 9 3 2 5
Dave Tippett, C 9 1 4 5
Troy Loney, LW 7 1 3 4
Ulf Samuelsson, D 9 0 4 4
Peter Taglianetti, D 8 1 1 2
Mike Needham, RW 6 1 0 1
Paul Stanton, D 1 0 1 1
Martin Straka, C 8 0 1 1
Kjell Samuelsson, D 9 0 1 1
Mike Stapleton, C 6 0 0 0
Grant Jennings, D 9 0 0 0

Also in the news that day:

-An overtime goal by left winger Kirk Muller gave the Montreal Canadiens a 4-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres in Game 4 of the Adams Division final at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. The Canadiens swept the series, 4-0.

-Right fielder Orlando Merced went 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs and helped the Pirates defeat the Montreal Expos, 10-9, at Three Rivers Stadium.

(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)

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