Those who are old enough to have watched the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1993 likely won't ever forget them. This team was one of the most impressive collections of players in Pittsburgh Penguins history. It was perhaps the most impressive in team history, even better than the teams that won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992.
The team was, of course, lead by captain Mario Lemieux. Despite playing only 60 games due to battling Hodgkin's lymphoma, Lemieux scored a staggering 69 goals and 91 assists to win the Art Ross Trophy. He was also awarded the Hart, Pearson and Masterton trophies that season.
But Mario Lemieux wasn't the only Penguin to find success that year.
Four Pittsburgh Penguins recorded more than 100 points. Kevin Stevens had 111, Rick Tocchet had 109 and Ron Francis had 100. Jaromir Jagr wasn't far behind with 94. Defenseman Larry Murphy had 85 points. Goaltender Tom Barrasso recorded 43 wins.
All of this success on the scoresheet lead to team success. The 1993 Pittsburgh Penguins are, to date, the only Penguins team to win the President's Trophy after compiling a 56-21-7 record over 84 games. The Penguins also set an NHL record when they won 17-straight hockey games.
By the time the playoffs rolled around, the Penguins were heavily favored to win their third-straight Stanley Cup. They quickly dispatched the New Jersey Devils in five games, outscoring them 23-13 over the course of the series. They then moved on to face the New York Islanders in round two.
You likely know what happened next.
Just like that, it was over. Perhaps the most talented Pittsburgh Penguins team in history was defeated in seven games by the New York Islanders. The Penguins, their fans and the entire hockey world were all stunned.
The Islanders went on to lose in the next round to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Montreal Canadiens.