I left my game notes at home this morning, so I decided to buy a USA Today to
get a box score. For some reason, the paper wasn't delivered to campus this
morning. I was just about to try to post the box score from memory when out
of the Blue :-), Joe sent me the game summary from the St. Louis News Dispatch,
complete with box score.
TRADE NEWS!!! According to KDKA Radio, the Pens have traded defenseman Jeff
Chychrun back to the LA Kings for Peter Ahola. Chychrun, upset over lack of
playing time, had stayed behind in Ottawa while the Pens flew to St. Louis last
week. Chychrun had been suspended by the team, but was reinstated a few days ago.
NOTES: Before the game, Bryan Trottier was presented with his Stanley Cup ring.
The rest of the Pens had received their rings at a private ceremony earlier in
the day. Trottier was wearing a new Pens jersey with his number, but not his
name. He was presented the ring by Lemieux, and then slowly skated around the
rink, waving to fans. It was great.
Larry Murphy and Paul Stanton were on a local sports show on Wednesday, and
Murphy was asked about Martin Straka and why he wasn't playing. Murphy said
that Straka is having a very difficult time adjusting to life in the US. He went
on to say that Bowman and Patrick don't want to put any pressure on him, and want
him to feel comfortable on AND off the ice. They decided to bring him along
The Pens avenged their only loss of the season by defeating the St. Louis Blues
8-4. The Blues defeated the Pens on Oct. 29th, 6-4.
Eight different Pens scored last night, including the always lethal scoing threat,
Kjell Samuelsson. Tom Barrasso remains undefeated (10-0-2). Lemieux got back on
the scoring track, with 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) to bring his league leading
total to 42.
There is a bit of troublesome news to report. Kevin Stevens suffered an injury
to his knee on his very first shift of the night. According to Scotty Bowman in
an interview on WPXI-TV after last night's game, Stevens just happened to turn
wrong on his skate, straining the ligaments in his knee. (The report didn't say
which knee). He is scheduled to undergo a MRI today. With Stevens out, Joey
Mullen played left wing on the Lemieux-Tocchet line.
In the first, the Blues outshot and outplayed the Pens. But the solid goaltending
of Tom Barrasso kept the Blues of the board. The Pens, although outworked, would
score the first 2 goals of the game.
At 4:18 in the first, Larry Murpy(U. Samuelsson) fired a sort of slapshot (it
wasn't that hard) at Guy Hebert from the right point. The puck seemed to hit
Herbert's pads and trickled in between his legs.
The second goal was a short handed goal that almost wasn't. Got that? What
happened was the Blues, working on the power play, were in the Pens end. The
puck bounced high in the air and Barrasso swung his stick up at it. He was
then out of postion. A Blue jumped on the loose puck and shot it. Barrasso
threw himself across the goalmouth and tipped the puck over to Dave Tippett.
Tipett and Mike Stapleton broke down the ice, and Tippet fed the pass to
Stapleton who was at center ice. Stapleton fired a puck that went underneath
Herbert(11:48). It was Stapleton's first goal, and the Pens' first shorthanded
goal, of the season.
In the second the Blues tied the game on 2 power play goals. The first game at
1:29, when Jeff Brown scored his first of 2 goals on the night. Brown flipped
an Emerson(Hull) rebound past Barrasso to make the game 2-1. The second goal
came at 5:31. Brett Hull, working behind the net, saw Craig Janney standing alone
in front. Hull got him the pass, Janney walked in and slid the puck past
But the Pens got the lead back on a power play of there own. Mario Lemieux fired
a puck from the lower left, he was parallel with the goal post. Rick Tocchet was
positioned directly in front of the net, and saw the puck going though the crease.
He tipped the puck and deflected it between Herbert's legs. (Murphy, 7:48)
At 17:24. the Pens again converted the power play. Lemieux, standing in almost
the exact same spot as the previous goal, fired a pass across to a waiting Jagr,
who one timed it up high past Herbert.
The Pens continued the scoring in the 3rd. At 1:55, again while on the power
play, the Pens scored. Shawn McEachern, taking a pass from Joey Mullen, fired
a shot from the slot and between the legs of Herbert. (Francis).
At 5:15 Mario got into the goal scoring act. Lemieux blew around a defenseman
and fired a snapshot from near the right faceoff circle. It went between
Herbert's legs, hit the far post and bounced in the net. (Tocchet, U. Samuelsson).
And then the shocker of the night. An end-to-end rush by Kjell Samuelsson.
Kjell had just returned to the ice after serving a penaly he felt he didn't
deserve. He then blocked a shot, took control of the puck, broke down the
right side and in on Hebert, and fired a slapshot from the faceoff circle. The
puck blew past a stunned Hebert. He wasn't the only one.
The Blues converted another power play at 11:56 when Jeff Brown beat Barrasso
on the glove side to make the score 7-3. (Miller, Hull).
But the Pens had one more goal in them. And it was a great goal to watch, because
it was scored by Joey Mullen. Lemieux was standing to the right of the net, and
feathered a perfect pass to Mullen, who was in the slot. Joey snapped the shot
past Herbert. The Pens bench and the Arena went nuts. The Pens on the ice were
high fiving and congratulating Joey, and then as Joey went back to the bench
he was congratulated there.
Philippe Bozon scored a pretty goal at 14:20. He turned Grant Jennings inside
out at the blue line, skated in on Barrasso and beat him on the glove side.
Scratches: Bob Errey (foot-Errey is expected to return to the lineup this weekend)
Jeff Chychrun, Bryan Fogarty, Jay Caufield, Jamie Leach, Martin Straka.
ST. LOUIS 0-2-2=4
FIRST PERIOD: 1, Pittsburgh, Murphy(U. Samuelsson)4:18, 2, Pittsburgh, Stapleton
(Tippett, Barrasso)11:48, sh. PENALTIES: K.Samuelsson, Pittsburgh(high sticking)
9:52, Korolev, St. Louis(holding the stick) 13:34
SECOND PERIOD: 3, St. Louis, Brown(Emerson, Hull)1:29,pp. 4, St. Louis, Janney
(Hull, Miller)5:31, pp. 5, Pittsburgh, Tocchet(Lemieux, Murphy)7:48,pp. 6,
Pittsburgh, Jagr(Lemieux)17:24. PENALTIES: Tocchet, Pittsburgh(tripping):51,
Butcher, St. Louis(interference)2:24, Daniels, Pittsburgh(holding)4:51, Bassen,
St. Louis(delay of game)6:25, K.Samuelsson, Pittsburgh(holding the stick)14:17,
Brown, St. Louis(holding)16:23.
THIRD PERIOD: 7, Pittsburgh, McEachern(Mullen, Francis)1:55,pp. 8, Pittsburgh,
Lemieux(Tocchet, U. Samuelsson)5:12. 9, Pittsburgh, K. Samuelsson(unassisted)8:49.
10, St. Louis, Brown(Miller, Hull)11:56. 11, Pittsburgh, Mullen(Lemieux, Tocchet)
12:49. 12, St. Louis, Bozon(Emerson, Korolev)14:20. PENALTIES: Zombo, St. Louis
(tripping):17. K. Samuelsson, Pittsburgh(interference)6:22, Paek, Pittsburgh
SHOTS ON GOAL:
ST. LOUIS 16-12-8=36
Hebert: 2-2-0(33 shots-25 saves)
Barrasso: 10-0-2 (36 shots-32 saves)
Ref: Morel Linesmen: Hodges, Pateman
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