Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Trades Jolt Penguins to 4-2 Win over Blues 3rd Trade in 3 Days Adds Life to Pittsburgh

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Trades Jolt Penguins to 4-2 Win over Blues 3rd Trade in 3 Days Adds Life to Pittsburgh

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Mike Keenan has moved a lot of players in his tenure as Blues general manager, but even he hasn't moved as many in such a short time as e his Pittsburgh counterpart, Craig Patrick.

Just before game time Tuesday, Patrick completed his second deal of the day and his third in three days to try to jump-start the Penguins.

In all, Pittsburgh dealt four players and got six in return, prompting Blues center Peter Zezel to jokingly ask whether Tuesday was the trading deadline. Although only two of the newcomers played Tuesday, the deals paid immediate dividendsm. With many players perhaps scared into playing for their jobs, the Penguins beat the Blues 4-2 at Civic Arena, ending the Blues' winning streak at five games. Petr Nedved scored two goals against his former club, both in the first period. Tyler Wright and newcomer Darius Kasparaitis also scored for Pittsburgh, with Wright getting the winner and Kasparaitis an empty-netter to finish off the Blues. "They're in last place," Keenan said. "They obviously want to send a message to their team. They're trying to make improvement. There's a lot of expectation in the league, and it's so tight you can't afford to fall too far behind." Brett Hull and rookie Jim Campbell scored the Blues' goals against Ken Wregget.sCr Wregget starred in goal with 34 saves. He was at his best in the second period, stopping 12 shots as the Blues outshot Pittsburgh 13-2. For the game, the Blues outshot Pittsburgh 36-21. The Penguins are 6-12-1 for 13 points, with all six wins coming at home. They're 6-2 at Civic Arena and 0-10-1 on the road, which is why Patrick turned the team upside down. The deals didn't affect any of the Penguins' top offensive guns, but they shook the team to its core. The Penguins added size and strength and sent a message that they're serious about winning in what might be Mario Lemieux's final season. The deals: Defenseman Kasparaitis and rookie winger Andres Johansson arrived from the New York Islanders on Sunday for holdout center Bryan Smolinski. …

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