Today in Sports History: December 31

By Veronica An

Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores five goals, five different ways in a 1988 game against the New Jersey Devils. He scored on strength, on the power play, shorthanded, on a penalty shot and into an empty net. The five goals carried the Pittsburgh Penguins to an 8-6 victory against the New Jersey Devils. He also assisted teammates on the Penguin’s other three goals. Lemieux, nicknamed “The Magnificent One,” was known for his speed, fakes, and dekes (feints).Despite numerous health problems, Lemieux was known as the “savior of the Pittsburgh Penguins” he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997, immediately after his first retirement in 1997. When he returned to the ice in 2000, he was only the third Hall of Famer to do so. He won the Hart Trophy (NHL’s most valuable player) three times during the regular season and was the NHL’s seventh-highest career points scorer with 690 goals and 1,033 assists. He ranks second in NHL history with a 0.754 career goals-per-game average. In 1999, Lemieux became owner of the Penguins and became the only man to win the Stanley Cup both as a player and as an owner.

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