Saturday, September 23, 2006
Winning the Stanley Cup in 1993 would have cemented this team's place as having the best single-season performance of the 90's in the National Hockey League. The team is always mentioned by NHL.com and ESPN.com when they do their team of the decade tournaments.
The 1992-93 season marked the beginning of the pigeon logo era. It marked the 100th year anniversary of the Stanley Cup. It was the final year that the Patrick, Adams, Norris and Smythe Divisions...AND the Wales and Campbell Conferences were in existence. (Seriously, looking back on it, there was simply no reason to scrap these division names from the ledger. They gave hockey that unique aura. Now, we have stupid geographical names. And we have home teams wearing their dark jerseys...stupid. We get robbed every year from seeing Montreal coming to the Mellon in their reds (below). I made it a point to go to a Canadiens game every year.) Teemu Selanne burst onto the NHL scene with a rookie-record 76 goals. The Gary Bettman era began. NHL record was set for most 100-point scorers and 50-goal scorers in a season. The Ottawa Senators' expansion year resulted in a 10-70-4 record. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Los Angeles Kings in five games to win the Cup. Guess who scored overtime goals in consecutive games for Montreal during the Finals?
- Record: 56-21-7 (119 points, President's Trophy)
- Lemieux, Stevens, Tocchet and Francis reached the 100-point mark
- Lemieux misses 24 games after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease. He returned in early March, 12 points behind Lafontaine in the scoring race. What ensued was the most ridiculous scoring-binge in the history of Western Civilization: 30 G, 26 A, 56 Points in 20 games. Lemieux (60 Games: 69G, 91A, 160 Points, 2.66 Points per game) wins the scoring title by 12 points.
- Penguins reel off 17 consecutive victories at the end of the season
- Tom Barrasso: 43-14-5 (3.01 GAA)
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