the net on Saturday night as the Pens lost to the Canadiens 2-1. He stopped
25 of 26 shots. If his own defenseman hadn't have knocked him over, he could
have had a shut out.
The Pens, knowing how difficult it is to beat Montreal at home, came out
aggressively in the first. But it was the Canadiens that would score the first
goal of the game (and only goal in the first). At 7:28 Shane Corson(Courtnall)
shot the puck pust Ulf Samuelsson and through the legs of Tom Barrasso. (Note:
After watching the 2 Samuelssons play together, it is apparent that Kjell is
the better defenseman. Much better.)
The Pens put pressure on Roy, but he came up big every time. The Pens
did have a chance to score at the end of the first, on a power play. Jagr
had the puck and made a quick pass to Stevens on the left point. The net
was open, because Roy had moved over to cover Jagr. Stevens either partially
fanned on the shot, or the puck bounced off his skate without even hitting
the stick. Because the puck slid wide of the net, and hit the outside of
Phil Bourque, who had just returned to the lineup, scored the Pens only
goal in the second at 4:45 (Tocchet, Francis). Tocchet got his own rebound
back, and passed it to Bourque. Roy made the save on Bourque's first shot.
But by then his own defenseman was falling on him, and Bourque was able to
get the rebound back. (Tocchet played a strong game. He's adjusting quickly.)
But the tie was shot lived. 13 seconds later, rookie defenseman Patrice
Brosebois(Corson, Lebeau) put a 45 ft. slapshot that I could have stopped
under the left leg of Barrasso.
That was all the Canadiens needed to win. Their defense shut down the Pens,
holding them to only 4 shots in the third.
In the third, Ron Francis got away with a blatant high stick on Denis Savard.
He high-sticked Savard across the forehead and cut him. Everyone saw it, with
the exception of Paul Stewart and the linesman. More likely was they saw it
and chose to ignore it.
Shots: Pgh: 12-10-4: 26, Mon: 6-14-6: 26
Scratches Wendell Young, Frank Pietrangelo, Paul Stanton (All are subjects of
trade rumors, none made the trip.), Peter Taglianetti (Back injury-but also
subject of a trade rumor.), Grant Jennings (hand), Bob Errey (hamstring), Jamie
Leach, Ken Preistlay.
Newly acquired goalie Ken Wregget is expected to get his first start as
a Penguin tomorrow night. The Pens play the Capitals at the Cap Centre.
The LA Kings, as of now, aren't accusing the Pens of dealing them damaged
goods concering the Coffey trade. Paul Coffey played in the Kings loss
to Edmonton on Wednesday, and the flew to LA to have his ailing back and hip
examined. Coffey has been having back and hip problems all season.
"Pittsburgh said he had an injury, but said that it wasn't serious.", Kings
owner Bruce McNall told the Montreal Gazette. "We sort of knew he wasn't
100%, so it doesn't come as a total shock. Still, it's not the best of news."
Bryan Trottier and other officers of the NHLPA will meet today with a
committee of team owners to discuss a new collective bargining agreement.
The old agreement expired in Sept., and the 2 sides have not met since
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