"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 York Islanders in Game 5 of the Patrick Division final series, May 10, 1993.
The Penguins took a 3-2 series lead at the Civic Arena. Just 19 seconds into the game, center Mario Lemieux scored against goaltender Glenn Healy to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead. Assists went to left winger Kevin Stevens and right winger Rick Tocchet.
Shortly after that, at the 0:54 mark, Tocchet scored to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead off assists from Stevens and Lemieux.
At 1:48, a power-play goal by defenseman Larry Murphy put the Penguins up 3-0. Tocchet and center Ron Francis claimed assists.
The Islanders got on the scoreboard just 31 seconds into the second period when defenseman Jeff Norton scored on a power play against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Left winger Derek King had the only assist.
Not long after that, Lemieux scored the eventual game-winning goal on a power play at 0:45 to make it a 4-1 game. Francis and Murphy had assists.
Late in the period, at 17:23, right winger Brian Mullen scored to make it a 4-2 contest. Left winger Steve Thomas had the lone assist.
Only 1:39 into the third period, Mullen's brother, Penguins right winger Joe Mullen, scored an unassisted short-handed goal.
At 5:30, right winger Jaromir Jagr scored the Penguins' final goal against goaltender Mark Fitzpatrick at 5:30 off assists from Stevens and Murphy.
Rookie center Travis Green scored at the 13:45 mark to make it a 6-3 game. Assists went to Thomas and defenseman Darius Kasparaitis.
-Barrasso made 34 saves in the win.
-Confident his team would win Game 6, Stevens said, "We're not going to come back here for Game 7."
|Ron Francis, C||10||5||10||15|
|Mario Lemieux, C||8||7||7||14|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||10||6||6||12|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||10||3||9||12|
|Larry Murphy, D||10||2||8||10|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||10||5||3||8|
|Joe Mullen, RW||10||4||2||6|
|Mike Ramsey, D||10||0||6||6|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||10||3||2||5|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||10||3||2||5|
|Dave Tippett, C||10||1||4||5|
|Troy Loney, LW||8||1||3||4|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||10||0||4||4|
|Peter Taglianetti, D||9||1||1||2|
|Mike Needham, RW||7||1||0||1|
|Paul Stanton, D||1||0||1||1|
|Martin Straka, C||9||0||1||1|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||10||0||1||1|
|Mike Stapleton, C||6||0||0||0|
|Grant Jennings, D||10||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-Right fielder Lloyd McClendon went 2 for 4 with a run for the Pirates in a 6-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies at Three Rivers Stadium.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)