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Penguins May Bench Barrasso

April 22, 1996

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The Pittsburgh Penguins, who have rallied twice from two-game playoff deficits against the Washington Capitals, hope to start another such comeback Monday by possibly changing goaltenders.

Coach Eddie Johnston, looking for am emotional spark following the Capitals’ two surprise victories last week in Pittsburgh, may replace the slumping Tom Barrasso with Ken Wregget.

Johnston hasn’t said definitely that Barrasso will sit, but he also hasn’t said he will start.

``I’m not going to make up my mind until we go to Washington,″ Johnston said.

Barrasso helped the Penguins to Stanley Cup championships in 1991 and 1992, but is 2-9 in his last 11 playoff starts. He also has the highest goals-against average (4.54) of any playoff goaltender who started his team’s first two games.

Wregget was in goal for the only playoff series the Penguins have won since 1993, last year’s come-from-behind victory over Washington. The Penguins rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win, just as they did against the Capitals in 1992.

Barrasso was 29-16-2 with a 3.43 goals-against average this season. Wregget was 20-13-2 with a 3.24 goals-against average.

``My job is to be ready whenever that opportunity comes,″ Wregget said. ``Whether it’s in the middle of the game or in a deciding game or down the road.″

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