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With new arena deal, Lemieux saves Pens again

Updated: March 14, 2007, 11:14 AM ET
By Elizabeth Merrill | ESPN.com

PITTSBURGH -- They chugged Labatt Blue and shared man hugs at Happy Hour just down from 66 Mario Lemieux Place on Tuesday night because the planets aligned and the politicians agreed and hockey was staying in Pittsburgh.

Lemieux was nowhere to be found.

He slipped out of a press conference a mile across town, shielded in a herd of dark power suits, away from the handshakes and backslaps. The job was done, Lemieux saved hockey in Pittsburgh a third time, and the quiet Canadian ...

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