The night of May 14, 1993 is one that Pittsburgh Penguins fans would love to forget.
David Volek’s goal at 5:16 of overtime gave the New York Islanders a monumental upset over the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions in the second round of the Wales Conference Playoffs.
Many consider that 1992-93 Penguins team to be a better team than their Cup-winning sides. They won the Presidents' Trophy with 119 points. Mario Lemieux earned his fourth Art Ross Trophy with 160 points despite missing 24 games while receiving treatment for Hodgkin's Disease. Four players, Lemieux, Kevin Stevens, Rick Tocchet and Ron Francis, all finished with more than 100 points during the regular season. They were a juggernaut with a third straight Cup in sight.
But its place in history was forever altered by a winger who played 396 games in the NHL.
But what if he never had a chance to score that goal?
What if David Volek wasn’t an Islander and on the Civic Arena ice accepting that pass from Ray Ferraro?
It almost happened.
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