For the second straight game (NHL game, that is) the Pens have blown a
3 goal lead. But unlike the game in Detroit, where the Pens salvaged a
tie, the Pens lost in overtime 5-4.
A combination of defensive breakdowns and goaltending errors helped
Buffalo rally in the 3rd, when they scored 3 goals in a span of 5:20.
Wendell Young got the start. Tom Barrasso was scheduled to start, but
he had been battling the flu all day and at the last minute he was scratched.
Darren Puppa was in net for Buffalo. He had replaced Clint Malarchuk, who
according to a report on KDKA was taken to a local hospital suffering
from pain believed to be caused by a stomach ulcer. (Can any Buffalo fans
confirm or deny this?)
In a penalty-marred first (That period lasted a lifetime!), the Pens
scored first. Kevin Stevens, on a nice feed from Paul Coffey, scored
at 1:34. About one minute later the Sabres got it right back. Donald
Audette(Hawerchuk, Tanti)shot, and Wendell Young flopped onto his back
and swatted at the puck, and missed it. The Sabres got life out of that
goal, but some good goaltending by Young kept them off the board for
the remainder of the period.
The Pens scored 2 more times in the first. At 10:57 Bob Errey(Recchi,
Coffey) beat Puppa. Stevens (Mullen, Muphy) pumped in a power play goal
There was no scoring in the second. In the third, however, things
began to unravel for the Pens. Most interesting thing that happened was
that Grant Jennings high-sticked a Sabre, and Mario Lemieux was called
for it. Lemieux was about 30 feet away from the play at the time, standing
by himself. Marouelli is just a fav of mine. :-)
At first, it seemed like the Pens had things in hand. Brad May was giving
a five-minute major after he butt-ended Joe Mullen in the face. Larry Murphy
(Lemieux, Mullen) was able to score at 4:54, which was about 2 to 2.5 minutes
into the major. But then, on a break away attempt by Pat LaFontaine, Paul
Coffey was called for hooking. Actually, it was Ulf Samuelsson doing the
hooking, Coffey was on the other side of LaFontaine. But that in effect killed
the rest of the major.
At 7:23, Kevin Stevens took the first of 2 stupid penalties that aided the
Sabre comeback. At 7:59, Ulf Samuelsson was called for holding, and the
Sabre scoring began. Pat LaFontaine(Bodger, Hawerchuk 8:17) scored into a
wide open net. The net was wide open because Wendell Young had come about
10 feet out of the net to cut down the angle. Even though Larry Murphy
was already there trying to defend Bodger. Meanwhile, LaFontaine is wide
open standing by the post to the right of the goal. So Bodger just
dished the pass of to LaFontaine. Score. That took care of Stevens penalty.
Now it was time to convert Ulf's penalty. The puck went behind Pittsburgh's
net. Much to the horror of everyone in the building, Young went behind the
net to play the puck. The horror was because there were more Sabres around
the net than Pens. Dale Hawerchuk(9:54) stripped Young of the puck, got back
in front of the net, and scored on Young in what seemed like all one motion.
Dale Andreychuk(LaFontaine, Wood 13:19), to use the words of Mike Lange,
beat Young like a rented mule.
The game went into overtime, and at 4:15, Audette scored on the only shot
taken by either team. It was a 35 footer that went right over Young's
glove. I don't know if he was partially screened by Samuelsson or
just clueless, but Young's attempt was feeble at best.
Shots: Pgh: 12-12-5-0, Buffalo: 20-13-16-1
Scratches: Tom Barrasso (flu), Phil Bourque (broken left ankle), Jim Paek
(surgery to repair tendon that was damaged when his finger on his left
hand was dislocated: out indefinitely), Jamie Leach, Peter Taglianetti
Prior to the start of last night's game, the Penguins presented Paul Coffey
with a crystal carving to commemorate his record-breaking scoring achievements
this season. Everyone was saying that he was presented the carving last
night because he was going to be traded after the game, and the Pens wanted
him to have a going away present. :-)
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