1. Archive

Around the league

Published Oct. 10, 2005

Penguins: Pittsburgh captain Mario Lemieux broke no bones in his foot when he was struck by a puck, X-rays taken Friday showed.

Lemieux's foot was struck Thursday in the last period of a 4-4 tie with the Quebec Nordiques.

Lemieux planned to play in today's game against the Canadiens in Montreal.

Turgeon keeps piling up

the points for Islanders

UNIONDALE, N.Y. _ It's hard to say what's more difficult _ stopping Pierre Turgeon on the ice or getting him to talk off it.

Right now, Turgeon's play is saying plenty. The 22-year-old center is piling up points exactly the way New York Islanders general manager Bill Torrey hoped he would when he acquired Turgeon from Buffalo on Oct. 25.

That deal sent Pat LaFontaine, the Islanders' lone star, to the Sabres as part of a seven-player exchange. LaFontaine had refused to report to the Islanders, forcing Torrey's hand.

On the ice, Turgeon has all but made fans at the Nassau Coliseum forget LaFontaine despite the ex-Islander's superb play in Buffalo. Turgeon has 31 goals and 66 points in 47 games since the deal _ including a hat trick and two assists in Thursday night's 6-2 victory over the New York Rangers.

Off the ice, though, he usually lets everyone else do the talking.

"He's unbelieveable," said Derek King, most of whose career-high 34 goals have come on passes from Turgeon. "I give Pierre 100 percent of the credit for my success. He always makes the right play and things are really clicking for us."

"He's amazing," agreed Glenn Healy. "He's got incredible hands and incredible sight."