I forgot this bit of news. Mario Lemieux suffered back spasms during the
Pens 5-4 loss to the Rangers on Saturday night. He left the ice under his
own power during the third period. Dr. Chip Burke said that Lemieux will
be ready to play on Tuesday when the Pens face the Blackhawks at the Civic
Jay Caufield, who has also been suffering with back problems, has been given
clearance to resume practicing.
The Pens must have decided to celebrate the club's 25th anniversary by
playing like teams of old. That is, they have stopped playing defense.
Phil Bourque was complaining about the lack of defense in this morning's
Post Gazette. He said the word that comes to mind when describing the
Pens is "complacency." He's got that right.
I don't understand why Jimmy Paek keeps getting scratched for Grant
Jennings. Jimmy may have been having some problems, but putting Jennings
out there only makes things worse. Larry Murphy had an horrendous game.
Samuelsson even looked bad on Saturday.
Barrasso played fairly well, but he can take the blame for the goal that
was scored when he tried to clear the puck and passed it directly to a Ranger.
Stevens and Recchi are really beginning to wear on my patience. Recchi
should take a second job as an air conditioner, considering how much
he's been fanning on shots. And Stevens took a really stupid butt-ending
penalty in the third. He claims he was innocent, but it was an obvious
penalty. Even up in the cheap seats we could see it
Lemieux has been playing well, but Recchi and Stevens (at this point)
can't keep up with him. Jagr continues to impress, getting another
crucial goal to keep the Pens in the game. Joey Mullen is red hot.
Whatever Joey is getting paid, it's not enough.
Ron Francis' absence becomes more obvious with each passing game.
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