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Lemieux to play the rest, including at Ice Palace

By DAMIAN CRISTODERO

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 11, 2001


Mario Lemieux plans to play every game the rest of the season.

That's good news for Tampa Bay area hockey fans who bought tickets for Saturday's game between the Lightning and Penguins at the Ice Palace.

Lemieux had said he would rest his back by sitting out the second game of back-to-back matchups; Pittsburgh faces the Panthers Friday in Sunrise. But with the Penguins fighting for playoff position, Lemieux said Wednesday he is in for the long haul.

"I'm going to play every game now," he said. "I said I wanted to be rested for the playoffs, but we have to make sure we get there."

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