In a up and down game (for both clubs) last night, the Pens and Red Wings
skated to a 4-4 tie. Bryan Trottier, normally relegated to a checking line,
has been placed on a line with Kevin Stevens and Mark Recchi. And has
responded like the Trottier of days gone by. Last night he had 2 goals,
one assist and was the number 1 star. In the past 2 games, he's scored 3
goals and 4 assists. Pretty good for an old guy? Please don't call him old!
"Will you guys knock off the "old guy" stuff?" snapped Trottier in a post
game interview. "You act like I'm 90 years old. I'm only 35. Gordie
Howe played at 52. A number of defen*** have played into their 40's.
Some goaltenders have played at 40."
"You keep saying this age is old, and you're going to start believing it.
I feel good, and I just go out and play."
The game started out poorly for the Pens. On Detroit's second shot of the
first period, Barrasso had made a glove save, but juggled the puck. (From
where I was sitting, it looked like he just flipped the puck out. The replay
shows he never had control of it.) Sergei Federov(Kennedy, Ysebaert: 1:36)
knocked the puck past Barrasso. The Wings converted on a powerplay at 11:44
(Sheppard: Chiasson, Lidstrom), and took a 2-0 lead into the second.
Mark Recchi(Stevens)got the Pens back into the game at 1:26, when he
one-timed a shot from between the circles past Greg Millen (who started in
place of Tim Cheveldale). And then Bryan Trottier went to work, scoring
2 goals in 10 minutes.
His first goal(Murphy, Coffey) at 4:33 was a power play goal. He deflected
Larry Murphy's shot past Millen. His second goal, a backhander at 14:26,
was due in part to a great play by Mark Recchi. Recchi intercepted a clearing
pass and feed the puck to Trottier. The Pens lead 3-2 at that point, and
had a chance to increase the lead. At 18:08 in the second, Yves Racine was
given a 5 minute major and a game misconduct for high-sticking Mark Recchi
in the mouth.
The Wings not only killed off the major, but at 2:49 in the 3rd, Steve Yzerman
(Thanks to an excellent pass from Vladimir Konstantinov) broke in all alone
on Barrasso and scored from the short side. Sergei Federov(Burr, Chiasson)
put the Wings ahead at 12:57 when he got his own rebound, skated around 2-3
Pens and put the puck into the net.
But the Pens took advantage of a power play, with Recchi(Trottier, Stevens)
after numerous tries, putting the puck past a fallen Millen at 15:19.
Both goaltenders came up with one fantastic save each to keep the game tied
and send it into overtime. Both team had 3 shots, with Barrasso facing 2
dead on shots while down in his side. He made the saves with his leg pads
and his stomach (Ouch!).
Once again, Paul Stanton was benched for most of the evening, playing one
shift at the end of the 5 minute major. He has been struggling ever since
returning from a knee injury earlier this season, and lately has been playing
Suprisingly, Grant Jennings has played strong games against St. Louis and
Detroit. Solid defense and no penalties.
Scratches: Pietrangelo, Lemieux (herniated back muscle), P. Bourque(broken
left ankle), J. Paek (tendon surgery), Jagr (suspension).
Mario Lemieux will attend an NHL hearing in Toronto on Friday. The hearing
is concerning the negative comments Lemieux made about the officiating and
the NHL following the Pens 6-4 loss to Washington on Jan. 26th.
NHL bylaws prohibit players from making negative comments about the league.
Contact for the Penguins