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PENGUINS’ DREAM PAIRING SCORES 4 VS. AVALANCHE

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Pittsburgh's dream pairing of Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr is picking up where it left off two seasons ago.

Against the Colorado Avalanche, Lemieux and Jagr combined for four goals and four assists as the Penguins battled to a 6-6 tie Monday night.Lemieux missed most of the 1993-94 season and all of last year with a bad back and Hodgkin's disease. Before that, he led the NHL in goals and total points in 1987-88 and 1988-89, and in total points in 1991-92 and 1992-93.

On Saturday, in his first regular-season game since the 1993-94 season, Lemieux had four assists. He stepped it up against Colorado.

With Colorado leading 3-1, the Penguins scored three goals in a 1:27 span of the second period. Lemieux assisted on the first, passing the puck to Tomas Sandstrom, who beat Avalanche goalie Jocelyn Thibault from in close.

Twenty-five seconds later, Lemieux struck from the right side, knotting the score, and Pittsburgh moved in front 4-3 when Jagr finished the flurry at 3:37.

Lemieux struck again later in the period, taking a pass from Jagr and scoring Pittsburgh's fourth goal in nine second-period shots.

Still, Colorado refused to fold.

The Penguins also had a chance to win in overtime when they had a man advantage, but goalie Stephane Fiset came up with two big saves.

Jagr's two goals and three assists ran his season point total to eight in just two games.

Red Wings 5, Canucks 3

Second-period power-play goals by Dino Ciccarelli and Keith Primeau sparked Detroit's victory at Vancouver.

Jets 4, Mighty Ducks 3

At Winnipeg, Igor Korolev's goal snapped a third-period tie and lifted the Jets to victory. It was Korolev's fourth goal and fifth point in just two games this season.

Bruins 5, Sabres 3

Ray Bourque and Joe Mullen scored 70 seconds apart in the third period to give Boston its first victory at the new FleetCenter.