Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Streaking Penguins Beat Lightning, Take over First Place in Northeast

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Streaking Penguins Beat Lightning, Take over First Place in Northeast

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Mario Lemieux scored twice and had three assists as the Pittsburgh Penguins extended their unbeaten streak to eight games with a 7-3 win over the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.

Ron Francis also had two goals and Jaromir Jagr had a goal and assist to raise his career point total to 600 in 481 games. The line of Lemieux, Francis and Jagr had accounted for 49 goals in 20 games since it make its debut Nov. 22.

The Penguins' 7-0-1 streak has allowed them to move into first place in the Northeast Division, two points ahead of idle Buffalo. Pittsburgh is 16-3-3 since an 8-3 home loss to the New York Rangers on Nov. 16 prompted a flurry of trades. Rookie goalie Patrick Lalime remained unbeaten at 9-0-1. Lemieux has a nine-game point-scoring streak with goals in eight of those games. He had four assists in his only game without a goal. He has eight multiple-point games in his streak. He has 14 goals and 25 points in the nine games. Lemieux had one of Pittsburgh's three goals in the first period. Petr Nedved and Jagr gave the Penguins a 2-0 lead before Chris Gratton put a 40-footer between Lalime's pads. Jagr's goal was his NHL-leading 35th. The Lightning had been unbeaten in four games at 2-0-2. Starting goalie Rick Tabaracci left after giving up two goals on four shots in the game's first 7:59. Tampa Bay has lost its last four road games. The longest undefeated streak by a rookie NHL goalie is held by Grant Fuhr, who had a 23-game stretch with Edmonton in 1981-82. Whalers 1, Capitals 1: Steve Konowalchuk scored with just 4:14 remaining in regulation as visiting Washington pulled out a tie with Hartford. Konowalchuk, whose overtime goal had beaten the Whalers on Wednesday, fired a snap shot from the right circle over goaltender Jason Muzzatti's glove after coming in on a two-on-one break with Peter Bondra. The Capitals (17-20-4) are 2-0-1 in their last three. Muzzatti made a glove save on Bondra with 12.2 seconds left in overtime to preserve the tie for the Whalers (17-15-7), who fell to 0-3-1 in their last four. Bruins 3, Stars 2: Ray Bourque scored with 36 seconds remaining to lift Boston past visiting Dallas. …

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