TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Penguins center Mario Lemieux planned to return to action Saturday night, when Pittsburgh played the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Lemieux missed eight games after arthroscopic hip surgery Oct. 29. He was originally expected to miss 3-to-4 weeks.
The decision to play came after Lemieux took part in the Penguins’ morning skate Saturday.
``I went a little harder today, skating a little harder,″ Lemieux said. ``I still get a little bit of pain, but that’s going to be around the next couple months.″
Lemieux has one goal and six assists in eight games this season. His return should help the Penguins’ struggling offense, which had not scored in three of its last four road games before Saturday.