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LECLAIR, RECCHI RETURN TO PHILADELPHIA AS PENGUINS

Thursday, 10.13.2005 / 12:00 AM / Pittsburgh Penguins
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The Pittsburgh Penguins begin a tough two-game stretch in Philadelphia on Friday. After taking on the Flyers at 7 p.m. Friday, the Penguins return to Mellon Arena to meet the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:30 p.m.

“We have a tough weekend coming up,” Penguins coach Eddie Olczyk said. “We go to Philly and we have Tampa here on Saturday. We have to make our breaks and we have to bear down.”

Friday’s game will be televised on FSN Pittsburgh and broadcast on the radio on 3WS.

The Penguins (0-1-3) are in third place in the Atlantic Division with three points, one more than the fourth-place Flyers (1-2-0). The Penguins have won only twice in Philadelphia since the end of the 1993-94 season. However, they will turn to a pair of ex-Flyers to reverse that trend.

Mark Recchi and John LeClair, who both came to Pittsburgh in the offseason as free agents, return to Philadelphia for the first time as Penguins.

Recchi began his career with the Penguins, but was dealt to the Flyers on Feb. 19, 1992, in a deal that brought Rick Tocchet, Kjell Samuelsson and Ken Wregget to Pittsburgh. Recchi played for the Flyers until they dealt him to Montreal for LeClair on Feb. 9, 1995. The Canadiens sent him back to Philadelphia on March 10, 1999. He remained a Flyer for the next five seasons and led the team in goals (26) and points (75) last season.

Meanwhile, LeClair began his career in Montreal before heading to Philadelphia in the Recchi trade. He spent the last nine seasons with the Flyers and produced 23 goals, 32 assists and 55 points last season.

So far, Recchi is tied with rookie Sidney Crosby for the team lead with six points, while LeClair has two points for the Penguins.

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