Crosby, Lemieux shine, Pens still fall

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- On a memorable night Sidney Crosby played like
a mature 40-year-old rather than an 18-year-old kid and Mario
Lemieux looked like he was 18 rather than 40, the Pittsburgh
Penguins forget no lead is safe in this new-look NHL.

Glen Murray's second goal, a one-timer as a Pittsburgh penalty
was expiring 1:23 into overtime, rallied the Boston Bruins from a
two-goal deficit and a 7-6 victory Saturday night that spoiled
Crosby's first career goal and Lemieux's first multigoal game since
February 2003.

"It's a different game we're playing now," said Lemieux, who
looked like he was playing the same game he did two decades ago.
"It's a lot more skating and a lot less scrapping, and I think
it's great."

Except, he added, when the Penguins lose on what otherwise was a
historic night for the franchise, with Crosby delighting the
standing-room crowd in his home debut with his first goal and two
assists for his first multipoint game. He has a team-high five
points through three games.

"It's something you dream about, scoring in the NHL," Crosby
said. "There's a lot of emotion that comes out of that. But it
would have been nice if we had finished it off."

Instead, the Bruins put 41 shots on a harried Sebastien Caron to
win for the first time in three games after scoring only two goals
in their first two. The much-improved Penguins -- the NHL's worst
team in 2003-04 -- dropped to 0-3, with a shootout loss and an
overtime defeat on successive nights to rookie goalies.

Murray had two goals and two assists as the Bruins won despite
trailing 1-0, 2-1, 3-2, 4-2, 5-4 and 6-4 behind goalie Hannu
Toivonen in his first NHL start. The winner on a hard shot from the
left circle came just as defenseman Dick Tarnstrom was coming out
of the box after being called for tripping late in the third

In the low-scoring, trap-filled, pre-labor dispute NHL days of
two years ago, a two-goal lead was virtually secure. That's not
possible now with the rules designed to increase scoring and this
very kind of up-and-down, free-flowing game.

"We have confidence in ourselves to go out and score goals,"
Murray said. "You can be down a couple of goals now and still be
in the game."

With commissioner Gary Bettman and an overflow crowd of 17,132
in attendance for Crosby's first home game, the NHL's most-awaited
prospect in a generation didn't disappoint. Often the best player
on the ice for long stretches, he made two excellent plays to set
up goals by Ric Jackman and Brooks Orpik, then got the goal he will
remember the rest of his career.

With Pittsburgh up 5-4 and on a power play late in the second,
Crosby threw he puck on net, then raced in to gather the rebound
and put it into the side of the net after failed follow-up attempts
by Mark Recchi and Ziggy Palffy.

Then, acting just like the 18-year-old he is, Crosby let out a
"Yeah!" before skating behind the net and slamming backward into
the glass.

Hey, can't a hockey player be a kid for just a moment --
especially when he is a kid?

"We were excited for him," said Lemieux, who broke into a big
smile on the bench. "But he was pretty excited, too."

The Penguins rode the momentum created by the equally big nights
by Crosby and Lemieux until halftime through the third, only to
have the Bruins' Murray and Brad Boyes score 1 minute, 17 seconds
apart to tie it. Boyes' goal also was his first in the league.

Caron was in goal for the Penguins' 3-2 shootout loss at
Carolina on Friday to rookie goalie Cam Ward, then unexpectedly
started again when Jocelyn Thibault injured his left knee during
the morning skate Saturday.

Lemieux's first goal in nearly two years, or since Oct. 11,
2003, against the Flyers -- his only goal in a 2003-04 season ended
after 10 games by a hip injury -- also came on a power play. John
LeClair's shot from the right point deflected to Lemieux, who beat
Toivonen with a hard wrist shot to make it 2-1 Penguins.

"It's game we should have won," Penguins coach Eddie Olczyk
said. "But the other night, the Kings led by four goals and lost.
You're going to see games like this now."

Lemieux also scored unassisted to put Pittsburgh ahead again 5-4
by putting in his own rebound, giving him his first two-goal game
since Feb. 25, 2003, against the Kings. Before that, Crosby set up
successive goals by defensemen Jackman and Orpik, with the Orpik
goal coming after Crosby hit him in stride with a pass just in
front of the net.

Sergei Samsonov had a goal and two assists for Boston. Mark
Recchi had three assists in his first Penguins home game since the
1991-92 season.

"We showed a lot of heart by coming back," Bruins coach Mike
Sullivan said.

Game notes
Toivonen gave up six goals on 22 shots, then saved all
seven attempts he save in the third period. The Penguins had no
shots in overtime. ... Thibault has no broken bones, but it isn't
certain how long he will be out. ... Boston's Patrick Leahy also
scored his first career goal and had an assist. ... Boston avoided
its first 0-3 start since it was 0-9 in 1999-2000. ... Lemieux's
first career goal also came against Boston, but on the road, on the
first shot of his first shift on Oct. 11, 1984.