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Mario Lemieux's 7 Points Sink Lightning, 10-0

The Associated Press

November 2, 1995

It was the Mario Lemieux show in Pittsburgh.

"It was scary. He could have had a few more," Pittsburgh Coach Eddie Johnston said after Lemieux scored seven points with a goal and six assists as the Penguins crushed the Lightning, 10-0.

Lemieux had six assists for the third time in his career, tying the team record he shares with Ron Stackhouse and Greg Malone. His 10th goal came on a breakaway in the third period, giving him 27 points in eight games this season. It was the fourth seven-point game of his career. He's had a pair of eight-point games.

The Penguins used Tampa Bay as a sparring partner, not an opponent.

"It was clicking right off the bat," Lemieux said. "We scored a couple of quick ones and actually, it was pretty scary out there."

The list of heroes was long and Ken Wregget's fourth regular season shutout was nearly lost in the offensive explosion. Ron Francis had two goals and three assists and Wregget made 27 saves. It was the biggest shutout win for the Penguins in their 29 seasons.

"That's like a nightmare," Lightning forward Paul Ysebaert said. "It's a total embarrassment."

"We let ourselves be intimidated by their big players," Tampa Bay defenseman Enrico Ciccone said. "That's not the way we play."

In fact, the Lightning had just played a tough 2-2 tie in Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

"That's the worst part of this," Coach Terry Crisp said. "To play such a great game last night and come out here and play the total opposite style."

Crisp looked long and hard to find anything positive about the evening.

"We regrouped at center pretty nice {after goals}," he said. "We had a lot of practice."

The Lightning was also adept at line changes. "Those were the shortest shifts I ever saw," Crisp said. "Guys couldn't wait to get off the ice."

The Penguins scored on their first five power-play chances and won their third consecutive game. Tampa Bay's record fell to 1-3-3 in the past seven.

© 1995 The Associated Press

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