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Dec. 31: Lemieux scores goals in five different ways

Plus: Canadiens, Red Army play to 3-3 tie; Karlsson gets first hat trick for Vegas

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor

Memories: Lemieux gets 5 in 5

Memories: Lemieux scores 5 goals in 5 different ways

On December 31, 1988, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Mario Lemieux scored five goals in five different ways in a win against the New Jersey Devils

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1988: Mario Lemieux puts on a show the likes of which no one has seen in an NHL game.

Lemieux becomes the first player to score goals in five ways during the same game. Before a crowd of 16,025 at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Lemieux scores at even strength, on the power play, shorthanded, on a penalty shot and into an empty net. The five goals carry the Pittsburgh Penguins to an 8-6 victory against the New Jersey Devils.

The even-strength, power-play and shorthanded goals come in the first period. Lemieux scores on a penalty shot midway through the second and beats the clock by hitting the empty net with one second remaining in the third.

Lemieux assists on Pittsburgh's other three goals, giving him an eight-point game. His historic game comes three years to the day after he scores four goals for his first NHL hat trick in an 8-4 win against the St. Louis Blues.

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1975: In what many consider the greatest game ever played, the Montreal Canadiens and Soviet Central Red Army play to a 3-3 tie at the Forum. Goals by Steve Shutt and Yvon Lambert give the Canadiens a 2-0 lead after one period. After Boris Mikhailov scores on the Soviets' first shot of the second period, Montreal's Yvan Cournoyer makes it 3-1 near the midway point of the period, but goals by Valeri Kharlamov late in the second period and Boris Alexandrov (the youngest player on the roster) early in the third get the Soviets even at 3-3. Goalie Vladislav Tretiak survives a 16-shot barrage by the Canadiens in the third to earn the tie. Montreal finishes the game with a 38-13 advantage in shots on goal.


1997: Dominik Hasek makes 36 saves in the Buffalo Sabres' 3-0 victory against the Ottawa Senators at Marine Midland Arena. It's the 27th shutout of Hasek's NHL career and his sixth in the month of December, making him the first goalie since George Hainsworth in 1928-29 to have six shutouts in a single month.


2003: Maxim Afinogenov has his first NHL hat trick and Miroslav Satan gets his fifth in the Sabres' 7-1 win against the visiting Washington Capitals. It's the first time in 11 years that two Sabres score three goals in the same game.


2017: William Karlsson scores three goals for the first hat trick in the history of the Vegas Golden Knights. He also has an assist for a four-point night in a 6-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at T-Mobile Arena. The victory is the seventh in a row for the Golden Knights, who finish December 11-1-1, the most wins in a calendar month by a team in its first NHL season.

On the same night, Jaromir Jagr skates in his final game of the season for the Calgary Flames. He plays 11:49 and is scoreless in Calgary's 4-3 overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Scotiabank Saddledome. It's his 1,733rd NHL game, third on the all-time list.


2018: The Nashville Predators score five unanswered goals to defeat the Washington Capitals 6-3 at Capital One Arena to end a 10-game road winless streak. The Predators trailed 3-1 before rallying for their first victory away from Bridgestone Arena in more than seven weeks -- and their fifth in a row against Washington.


2019: Marc-Andre Fleury moves past Curtis Joseph into sixth place on the NHL's all-time wins list when he makes 26 saves for the Vegas Golden Knights in their 5-2 win against the Anaheim Ducks at T-Mobile Arena. It's also the 322nd victory for Fleury in the 2010s, the most of any goalie in the decade.

On the same night, Montreal's Max Domi scores a goal in his sixth consecutive game during the Canadiens' 3-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. All six games during the streak are on the road; he's the sixth player in NHL history to have a goal streak of at least six games with all games away from home.

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