Scotty Bowmans' demotion of Mark Recchi certainly seemed to have an
impact. Recchi exploded for a hat trick and 3 assits to help lift
the struggling Pens over the really struggling Nordiques 7-3. Kevin
Stevens also had a hat trick, and Jaromir Jagr had a goal and a assist.
Matt Sudin had 2 goals for the Nords, although his second goal went in
with help from Larry "I'll never be mistaken for Ray Bourque" Murphy.
I think this is the 3rd puck this year that Murphy has knocked past his
own goalie. He probably has scored more on Barrasso than he has on
He was in his own crease, screening Barrasso. Sudin passed the puck, Murphy
had no idea where it was. It bounced off his leg and into the net. If
Murphy had just been paying attention, he's have known where the puck
was coming from. But he looked totally clueless out there. Barrasso
just threw his head back in disgust. And a few minutes later, Murphy
almost knocked the puck in again. But Barrasso knocked it away.
Doug Smail scored the Nordiques 3rd goal.
Stevens 33 points now make him the overall scoring leader in the
NHL. Mario Lemieux is currently third overall with 29. Coffey is
tied for second among defen*** with 25. Recchi's 6 point night
gives him 19 points, and Jagr now has 21. Barrasso already has
3 assists, which is a rather high total for him. He usually gets
3 all year.
As previously mentioned, the NHL Board of Governors has approved the
sale of the Pens to the Baldwin/Belzberg group. The purchase price
was approximately $65 million. That price includes the $23 million
paid by Spectacor to take over Civic Arena operations. The new owners
will hold a press conference today at 1:00pm.
Edward DeBartolo, previous owner of the Pens, will still retain a limited
interest in the club. He will be a "special limited partner" and according
to NHL Pres. John Ziegler, he will be given access to certain "revenue
Under the new owners' arrangement, DeBartolo will keep the expansion money
due to the franchise (between 4-5 million) and will be involved with the
club in a limited way for the next 10 years. In return, DeBartolo will help
defray operating losses incurred by the new owners.
Also, Paul Martha's continued involvement with the club was apparently
a condition for DeBartolo's participation.
Ziegler said that the reason the original vote was postponed was because
the B of G didn't like the financial structure of the original deal.
"We asked the Baldwin group to put up more money and to borrow less."
I'll post more on the sale after the press conference.
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