Lemieux Is Out of All-Star Game

From Associated Press

Points leader Mario Lemieux will sit out the All-Star game Sunday at Sunrise, Fla., because of a groin injury and won't be ready to play until at least next week.

The Pittsburgh Penguin star has not played for the last six games and eight of the last nine.

"The recovery from this groin injury has taken a little longer than I'd hoped," Lemieux said.

Lemieux and Toronto's Mats Sundin (shoulder injury) were replaced on the East roster by Tampa Bay center Vincent Lecavalier and Buffalo right wing Miroslav Satan.

Lecavalier, the No. 1 overall pick in the 1998 draft, has 21 goals and 25 assists. It will be his first All-Star game.

Satan has 18 goals and 27 assists to lead the Sabres in scoring and is headed to his second All-Star game.

Lemieux has 68 points in 41 games.


Michel Therrien, fired Jan. 17 as coach of the Montreal Canadiens, agreed to serve as a pro scout for the team.

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