Tocchet’s OT Winner in Game 7 Clinches First UNP Berth for 5th-seeded ’92-’93 Penguins Over 2nd-seeded ’15-’16 Penguins

(via Denis Brodeur/Getty Images)

(via Denis Brodeur/Getty Images)

Here is the 2016 Pittsburgh Penguins Qualifying Tournament in its entirety.

In Game 1, the 2nd-seeded ’15-’16 Pittsburgh Penguins really controlled the ’92-’93 Penguins and won 4-1 while holding them to just 26 shots on goal. Both Evgeni Malkin and defenseman Kris Letang totaled a goal and an assist each in the win. A goal from Matt Cullen at the 10:20 mark of the third period of Game 2 gave the ’15-’16 Penguins a 2-0 lead. Incredibly, though, by the 11:54 mark, the tables would be turned and the ’92-’93 Penguins led 4-2. The ’92-’93 Penguins got four goals in a minute and 34 seconds form four different players and that won them Game 2 to tie the series. Goaltender Tom Barrasso stopped 37 of 39 shots against in the win. The ’92-’93 Penguins came back in Game 3, as well. They trailed 5-2 after Sidney Crosby scored his second goal of the game eight minutes into the second period.

However, two goals from Rick Tocchet late in the second period and a goal in the third period from Jaromir Jagr forced overtime for the ’92-’93 Penguins. A little over a minute into overtime Chris Kunitz was give a two-minute minor for cross-checking, just 40 seconds after coincidental roughing minors. Joe Mullen capitalized just 22 seconds into the resulting PP to give the ’92-’93 Penguins a 2-1 series lead. The ’15-’16 Penguins evened the series at two with their own OT winner in Game 4 courtesy of Malkin. However, it was multi-point efforts from Cullen and Carl Hagelin that led the way offensively. In Game 5, Kevin Stevens scored at the 14:48 mark of the second period to complete his hat trick and give the ’92-’93 Penguins a 4-2 lead. However, by the halfway point of the third period, it was the ’15-’16 Penguins who led 7-4 with five unanswered goals, including two from Sid. They held on for a 7-5 win to take a 3-2 series lead with Crosby posting a four-point game while Stevens, with four points (3G, 1A), and Mario Lemieux, with five assists, shined in the loss.

Game 6 started out with another one of those long runs of answered goals as the ’92-’93 Penguins scored six unanswered goals in the first period and won by a final of 6-2. Lemieux, again, played the role of distributor with three helpers while both Stevens and Tocchet scored twice. That took this series to a series-deciding seventh game. The ’15-’16 Pens took a 3-1 lead into the locker room after the first period. Then, just 10 seconds into the second, Stevens was give a five-minute major and 10-minute game misconduct for kneeing on Conor Sheary, which was judged as intentionally trying to injure an opposing player. The ’15-’16 Pens were unable to capitalize on the resulting five-minute PP. Jagr scored shortly after the PP ended to make it a one-goal game, but Sid returned the game to a two-goal lead with a goal of his own. However, two unanswered goals from Mullen in the third period forced an overtime for the ’92-’93 Penguins. Then, just about a minute and a half into OT, Tocchet scored the series-clincher for the ’92-’93 Penguins, who will make their first trip to the Ultimate NHL Playoff. 

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’92-’93 Penguins 0 0 1 1
’15-’16 Penguins 1 2 1 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’15-’16 PIT – 4   ’92-’93 PIT – 1   (1-0   ’15-’16 PIT)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Evgeni Malkin (’15-’16 PIT) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   3 S

2nd Star: D – Kris Letang (’15-’16 PIT) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   3 S

3rd Star: G – Matt Murray (’15-’16 PIT) – W   1.00 GAA   .962 SV% (25 SV’s)

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’92-’93 Penguins 0 0 4 4
’15-’16 Penguins 1 0 1 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’92-’93 PIT – 4   ’15-’16 PIT – 2   (1-1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Jaromir Jagr (’92-’93 PIT) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   3 S   2 PIM

2nd Star: C – Ron Francis (’92-’93 PIT) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   1 S

3rd Star: G – Tom Barrasso (’92-’93 PIT) – W   2.00 GAA   .949 SV% (37 SV’s)

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’15-’16 Penguins 4 1 0 0 5
’92-’93 Penguins 2 2 1 1 6

GAME SUMMARY:  ’92-’93 PIT – 6   ’15-’16 PIT – 5   (OT)   (2-1   ’92-’93 PIT)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Rick Tocchet (’92-’93 PIT) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +2   3 S

2nd Star: C – Sidney Crosby (’15-’16 PIT) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   6 S

3rd Star: RW – Patric Hornqvist (’92-’93 PIT) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   Even   15 S

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’15-’16 Penguins 0 2 1 1 4
’92-’93 Penguins 0 1 2 0 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’15-’16 PIT – 4   ’92-’93 PIT – 3   (OT)   (2-2)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Matt Cullen (’15-’16 PIT) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   3 S

2nd Star: G – Matt Murray (’15-’16 PIT) – W   3.00 GAA   .932 SV% (41 SV’s)

3rd Star: LW – Carl Hagelin (’15-’16 PIT) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +2   3 S

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’92-’93 Penguins 3 1 1 5
’15-’16 Penguins 2 1 4 7

GAME SUMMARY:  ’15-’16 PIT – 7   ’92-’93 PIT – 5   (3-2   ’15-’16 PIT)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Sidney Crosby (’15-’16 PIT) – 2 G   2 A   4 P   -1   6 S

2nd Star: LW – Kevin Stevens (’92-’93 PIT) – 3 G   1 A   4 P   +4   6 S   6 PIM

3rd Star: C – Mario Lemieux (’92-’93 PIT) – 0 G   5 A   5 P   +3   3 S

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’15-’16 Penguins 0 1 1 2
’92-’93 Penguins 6 0 0 6

GAME SUMMARY:  ’92-’93 PIT – 6   ’15-’16 PIT – 2   (3-3)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Kevin Stevens (’92-’93 PIT) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +2   10 S

2nd Star: RW – Rick Tocchet (’92-’93 PIT) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   5 S

3rd Star: G – Tom Barrasso (’92-’93 PIT) – W   2.00 GAA   .953 SV% (41 SV’s)

GAME 7:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’92-’93 Penguins 1 1 2 1 5
’15-’16 Penguins 3 1 0 0 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’92-’93 PIT – 5   ’15-’16 PIT – 4   (OT)   (4-3   ’92-’93 PIT)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Sidney Crosby (’15-’16 PIT) – 2 G   2 A   4 P   -1   6 S

2nd Star: LW – Kevin Stevens (’92-’93 PIT) – 3 G   1 A   4 P   +4   6 S   6 PIM

3rd Star: C – Mario Lemieux (’92-’93 PIT) – 0 G   5 A   5 P   +3   3 S

Up next is the 2016 New York Rangers Qualifying Tournament!

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