Wednesday, May 06, 2015
It Happened at the Coliseum … on MAY 6th
22 years ago tonight (1993) – The Pittsburgh Penguins got goals from three players who will eventually end up in the Hockey Hall of Fame as they grabbed a 2-1 lead in the Patrick Division Final with a 3-1 victory over the Isles.
Ron Francis and Jaromir Jagr scored first period goals for the Penguins, but Ray Ferraro got the Isles on the board with a goal at 2:18 of the second period with his 10th goal of the playoffs (in just 9 games).
The score stayed that way until Joey Mullen hit the empty net for the final margin of victory as the two-time champion Penguins moved within two games of their 10th straight series win. (Spoiler alert – they wouldn’t get there)
The Penguins had won 17 straight games earlier that season (breaking the Isles' record) -- but let the record show that they needed overtime for two of them. The Isles remain to this day the only team to win 15 consecutive games in regulation.
09-Mar-93 Boston Bruins 2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 3 W
11-Mar-93 Los Angeles Kings 3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 4 W/OT
14-Mar-93 Pittsburgh Penguins 3 @ New York Islanders 2 W
18-Mar-93 Washington Capitals 5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 7 W
20-Mar-93 Philadelphia Flyers 3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 9 W
21-Mar-93 Pittsburgh Penguins 6 @ Edmonton Oilers 4 W
23-Mar-93 San Jose Sharks 2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 7 W
25-Mar-93 New Jersey Devils 3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 4 W
27-Mar-93 Pittsburgh Penguins 5 @ Boston Bruins 3 W
28-Mar-93 Pittsburgh Penguins 4 @ Washington Capitals 1 W
30-Mar-93 Ottawa Senators 4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 6 W
01-Apr-93 Hartford Whalers 2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 10 W
03-Apr-93 Pittsburgh Penguins 5 @ Quebec Nordiques 3 W
04-Apr-93 Pittsburgh Penguins 5 @ New Jersey Devils 2 W
07-Apr-93 Montreal Canadiens 3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 4 W/OT
09-Apr-93 Pittsburgh Penguins 10 @ New York Rangers 4 W
10-Apr-93 New York Rangers 2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 4 W
Also on this date: (1980) The Isles were ready to punch a ticket to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in their history, but the Sabres had other ideas, rallying from a 3-1 deficit for a 7-4 win in game 4 of their Semi-Final series. Bob Bourne and Bob Nystrom each scored twice for the Isles. Gilbert Perreault completed his hat trick into the empty net as the Sabres stopped an 11-game playoff losing streak against the Isles.
All-time, the Isles played two playoff games on May 6th at the Coliseum; they compiled a 0-2 playoff record on this date at 1255 Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale.