"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' 7-5 loss against the New York Islanders in Game 6 of the Patrick Division final series, May 12, 1993.
The Islanders tied the series, 3-3, at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. Just 25 seconds into the game, a goal by right winger Brad Dalgarno against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Defenseman Darius Kasparaitis and center Claude Loisellecollected assists.
The Penguins tied the game, 1-1, when rookie left winger Martin Straka scored his first career postseason goal against goaltender Glenn Healy. Assists went to left winger Troy Loney and defenseman Kjell Samuelsson.
Shortly after that, at the 7:19 mark, left winger Derek King scored to regain the lead for the Islanders, 2-1. Assists were credited to defenseman Dennis Vaske and left winger Steve Junker.
Just 1:16 into the second period, the Penguins tied the game once again, 2-2, when center Mario Lemieux scored off assists from defenseman Ulf Samuelsson and Barrasso.
New York took a 3-2 lead when center Ray Ferrarro scored at 7:22 on a power play Assists went to left winger Brian Mullen and Steve Thomas.
The Islanders made it a 4-2 game when Thomas scored on a power play at 11:20 off assists from defenseman Tom Kurvers and center Benoit Hogue.
Just over a minute later at 12:22, Straka scored his second goal to cut the lead to 4-3. Right winger Jaromir Jagr and left winger Kevin Stevens claimed assists.
The Penguins tied the game yet again, 4-4, when Stevens scored on a power play at 14:31 off assists from right winger Rick Tocchet and Lemieux.
New York took another lead, 5-4, at 5:42 of the third period when Mullen scored off assists from Thomas and Hogue.
Thomas scored the eventual game-winning goal at the 10:32 mark. Ferraro and King were credited with assists.
The Penguins cut the lead to 6-5 when Stevens scored on a power play at the 17:28 mark. Defenseman Larry Murphy and Lemieux had assists.
An empty-net goal by defenseman Uwe Krupp at 19:42 secured the win for the Islanders. The goal was unassisted.
-Barrasso made 30 saves in the loss.
-The three stars were 1.) Thomas 2.) Mullen 3.) Kasparaitis.
|Mario Lemieux, C||9||8||9||17|
|Ron Francis, C||11||5||10||15|
|Rick Tocchet, RW||11||6||7||13|
|Kevin Stevens, LW||11||5||10||13|
|Larry Murphy, D||11||2||9||11|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||11||5||4||9|
|Joe Mullen, RW||11||4||2||6|
|Mike Ramsey, D||11||0||6||6|
|Jeff Daniels, LW||11||3||2||5|
|Shawn McEachern, LW||11||3||2||5|
|Troy Loney, LW||9||1||4||5|
|Dave Tippett, C||11||1||4||5|
|Ulf Samuelsson, D||11||0||5||5|
|Martin Straka, C||10||2||1||3|
|Peter Taglianetti, D||10||1||1||2|
|Kjell Samuelsson, D||11||0||2||2|
|Mike Needham, RW||8||1||0||1|
|Paul Stanton, D||1||0||1||1|
|Mike Stapleton, C||6||0||0||0|
|Grant Jennings, D||11||0||0||0|
Also in the news that day:
-Shortstop Jay Bell went 2 for 4 with a run for the Pirates in a 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies at Three Rivers Stadium.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)