Kjell Samuelsson, playing another strong game, had the game winner and
Mario Lemieux had a goal and 4 assists as the Pens edged the Islanders
last night 6-4.
The Islanders scored first. After outworking the Pens for about 3 minutes,
Pierre Turgeon (with some wonderful stickwork) froze Larry Murphy in his
tracks. He then passed the puck to a waiting Derek King, who shot the
puck past Wregget on the far side. (King: Turgeon, Marios 3:06)
The Pens were able to convert on a power play at 4:33. Ron Francis(Lemieux,
Murphy)blasted a shot past Fitzpatrick to tie the game.
But the Islanders, still working hard, scored again at 6:54. Kjell Samuelsson
went down to block a shot, and tried to fall on the puck. The puck started
to slid out. Joe Reekie scooped it up, and fed it to Beniot Hogue. Hogue
passed it right between Wregget and another Pen to a waiting Ray Ferraro,
who put it in a wide open net.
The Islanders outworked the Pens for the first half of the 1st. But a goal
by the Pens at 9:06 seemed to be a wake up call. Rick Tocchet was staked out
in front of the net, as usual. Larry Murphy put a shot on the net, which
bounced off Tocchet (who was being crosschecked into the crease by Derrick
King at the time) and past Fitzpatrick. The Pens got back into the game
at that point. (Lemieux had the other assist.)
Some great work by Joe Mullen lead to the Pens 3rd goal, at :17 of the
second. After intercepting a clearing attempted, Mullen snapped a shot
from between the circles and past Fitzpatrick.
But the Islanders got it back about 2 minutes later. The Isles were on a
power play, and they almost gave up a short handed goal. Mario Lemieux
had gotten the puck and broke in alone on Fitzpatrick. But Fitzpatrick
stopped Lemieux, and the Isles regrouped. They went down the ice, and
Ray Ferraro took a shot that bounced off the crossbar. Wregget fell on
his back, and just laid there. I think he thought he was lying on the puck,
but he thought wrong. Benoit Hogue got the rebound and swatted it over
Wregget. (Kurvers had the other assist. 2:25)
Back came the Pens. At 5:38, after taking a great pass from Lemieux, Jaromir
Jagr put a quick shot into the net. (Mullen had the other assist.)
The Pens had the chance to add to the score when they worked on a 5-3
advantage for about 1.5 minutes. But the Pens only got off 2 shots the
The 2 teams played hard the remainder of the period, and it paid off for the
Islanders. Joe Reekie took a shot (Hogue, Ferraro 18:40) that hit Gord
Roberts and bounced past an oblivious Wregget. (He didn't see the puck at
all. He didn't move from his stance.)
At 3:24, the Pens went ahead for good. Kjell Samuelsson took a pass from
Lemieux and fired it from the top of the right circle. The puck went into
the net just above Fitzpatrick's outstretched glove.
The Pens then focused on keeping the Isles from tying the game again. About
8 minutes after his big goal, Kjell came up with another big defensive play,
breaking up an Isles 2 on 1. Mario Lemieux scored his second empty netter
in as many games, at 19:25(Tocchet, Stevens).
At the end of the game, a pushing and shoving match broke out. Ray Ferraro
was barking at the Pens, and of course, Jay Caufield was dumb enough to
take the bait. So the players are pushing and shoving and grabbing each
other. The officials are trying to sort things out, and doing a poor job
of it. All of the sudden, Scotty Bowman jumps into it. And starts screaming.
At his own players. He is not happy with their behavior, and he lets them
know it. That is the maddest I have ever seen him get this season. I mean,
his face is flame red. He's screaming into Caufield's face, he's grabbing
other players and starts screaming at them to get to the locker room. He
was pissed off big time.
He's screaming and pushing at his players, trying to get them off the ice.
Assistant coach Pierre McGuire jumps in to help out. Isles coach Al Arbour
is trying to get his players off the ice, but in a calmer fashion than Bowman.
After about 5 minutes of big talk and little action, the players go back to
their locker rooms.
Shots: Pgh: 9-15-10: 34, NYI: 11-7-8: 26
Scratches: Tom Barrasso (back), Peter Taglianetti (back), Shawn McEachern,
Jeff Chychrun, Grant Jennings. Jim Paek returned to the lineup after sitting
out 3 games.
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