Pittsburgh Penguins: 1992 Gallant Game Winning Goal Scorers

A few players who scored multiple GWG in 1992 with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

On Jun. 1, 1992, the Pittsburgh Penguins claimed their second consecutive Stanley Cup Championship and the second title in the team’s history with a 6-5 victory over Chicago in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Four players scored multiple game-winning-goals during the Penguins siege to reach the Stanley Cup in 1992 and here is a look back at those players in part three of our series.

Ron Francis

Francis was named to the Hockey Hall of Fame (HHOF) in 2007 after playing 23 years and 1731 games and scored 549 goals with 79 game-winning goals (GWG) over his career with Hartford, Pittsburgh, Carolina, and Toronto.

Francis appeared in 171 playoff game through 17 seasons and scored 46 goals with 11 GWG and had three seasons where he scored multi-GWG in the playoffs (1991,2002), including 1992.

Francis’ first GWG of the playoffs occurred in Game 4 of the Patrick Division Finals vs. New York Rangers. Francis tallied the game-tying goal at the end of the second period and struck again in overtime to give the Penguins a 4-3 win, which tied the series up at two games apiece.

With his second GWG of the playoffs, Francis scored arguably the biggest goal of his career and the second-biggest goal in franchise history. With his eighth goal of the playoffs, Francis gave the Penguins a 6-4 lead midway through the third period. Jeremey Roenick drew the Blackhawks within one goal but that is as close as they got, as Pittsburgh took the 6-5 and Francis’ goal served as the GWG.

Kevin Stevens

Stevens has yet to be named to the HHOF, but the possibility always exists for one of the most prolific American born skaters.

Stevens made appearances in 874 games through 15 seasons with Pittsburgh, New York, Los Angeles, Boston and, Philidelphia. Stevens scored 329 goals, with 35 GWG.

In the postseason Stevens played in 103 games over seven seasons (all with Pittsburgh) and scored 46 goals with nine GWG.

Stevens’ first GWG of the 1992 playoffs was scored in Pittsburgh’s 4-2 win in Game 1 of the Patrick Division Finals vs. New York.

In the third game of the Prince of Wales Conference Finals, Stevens exploded for four goals including the GWG to help Pittsburgh take a 5-1 win and 3-0 series lead over Boston.

.Stevens became the second Penguin in team history to score four or more goals in a playoff game (Mario Lemieux scored five goals in 1989).

Stevens scored his third GWG of the playoffs in Pittsburgh’s 1-0 victory over Chicago in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final and finished with 13 goals in the playoff year.

Jaromir Jagr

By the time the 1992 playoffs rolled around Jagr was steadily developing into the lethal weapon that would be deployed in 24 seasons for nine different teams.

Jagr played in 1733 regular-season games and scored 766 goals with 135 GWG and in the playoffs, Jagr scored 78 goals (16 GWG) in 208 games played.

Jagr scored four GWG twice in playoffs and both with the Pittsburgh Penguins, in the year 2000 and in 1992.

Jagr scored a GWG goal in three of the Penguins four series in 1992:

  • Game 7 of the Patrick Division Semi-Finals vs. Washington
  • Game 5 of the Patrick Division Finals vs. New York (Also converted on a penalty shot)
  • Game 6 of the Patrick Division Finals vs. New York (Also series-clinching goal)
  • Game 1 of the Prince of Wales Conference Finals vs. Boston (Scored winner in overtime)

Mario Lemieux

Lemieux simply has no equal in the realm of professional hockey and is arguably the finest goalscorer to lace up a pair of skates.

Lemieux played 17 years in the NHL and scored 690 goals (74 GWG) in 915 games, and amassed 76 goals (11 GWG) in 107 career playoff games all with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Lemieux had three seasons where scored multiple GWG (1992, 1996, and 2001).

In 1992 Lemieux scored the GWG in five games and earned the following point totals.

  • Three goals and six points in Game 3 vs. Washington
  • Two goals and five points in Game 6 vs. Washington
  • Two goals in Game 4 vs. Boston
  • Two goals in Game 1 vs. Chicago
  • Two goals in Game 2 vs. Chicago

It is also worth noting that Lemieux scored 16 goals in both 1991 and the 1992 playoffs, but managed to reach 16 goals in eight fewer games in 1992 than 1991.