Throughout the summer, www.PittsburghPenguins.com will periodically present a PNC Wealth Management "Legendary Moment" from the PNC Legends Level Suites at CONSOL Energy Center. Each display features an incredible moment from Penguins history, complete with a description, photos and actual keepsakes from the event.
A GOAL FOR THE AGES
May 17, 1991
It began as a simple play, really – Phil Bourque sending a short and seemingly insignificant pass to Mario Lemieux in the Penguins’ defensive zone during Game 2 of the 1991 Stanley Cup Final.
It ended as a goal for the ages.
Lemieux stomped the accelerator, swooped through the neutral zone, split the mesmerized defense pairing of Neil Wilkinson and Shawn Chambers and began throwing fakes at the momentarily helpless goaltender Jon Casey.
Moments later, Lemieux tucked the puck into the back of the net, and a Civic Arena crowd of 16,164 was on its feet, in full roar – a bit bedazzled by what it had just seen.
For the record, the goal came at 15:04 of the second period, and it gave the Penguins a 3-1 lead en route to a 4-1 victory that tied the series.
For posterity, it became the signature goal of Lemieux’s spectacular career – and one of the greatest goals in Stanley Cup history.
Photos from the PNC display on the suite level of CONSOL Energy Center: