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Friday, June 12, 2009

As it turns out, Penguins owner Mario Lemieux did not visit the team's dressing room before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

He did, however, leave the players a re-assuring message on the dressing-room chalk board that day.

No player was willing to disclose the message or even confirm the mode by which it was delivered, but rest assured, it had an impact.

"Mario just being around, a guy who's seen everything, helps us," winger Bill Guerin said Thursday after practice at Mellon Arena. "When he's not worried, and he's confident, you get confidence in that. His presence alone is a confidence-builder for everybody."

Asked about how Lemieux had delivered his message, Guerin said, "Just kind of some words he relayed to us."

Right before the opening faceoff of Game 6, NBC reporter Pierre McGuire asked Guerin, on the ice, about what Lemieux had said to the team, perhaps giving the impression that Lemieux had visited the dressing room.

"There was no big speech," Guerin said to McGuire. "He assured us that we're all right and we're still gonna' win."

Lemieux has been a regular visitor to the dressing room after games throughout the playoffs.

"He's a low-key type of guy," defenseman Rob Scuderi said. "He comes in after wins or losses, regardless, and he always has the same mindset and the same attitude, which is great."

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