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.
FIVE GOALS, FIVE WAYS December 31, 1988
Of all the phenomenal accomplishments in his career, Mario Lemieux’s most unique feat came on December 31, 1988 against the New Jersey Devils – when he became the only player in NHL history to score five goals five different ways in the same game.
Before a New Year’s Eve crowd of 16,025 at the Civic Arena, Lemieux perplexed the Devils by scoring at even strength, on the power play, shorthanded, on a penalty shot and into an empty net in an 8-6 Penguins victory.
The goal rampage began at 4:17 of the first period when Le Magnifique scored a “mundane” even strength goal. He followed with a shorthanded goal at 7:50 of the first and a power-play goal at 10:59 of the first before connecting on a rare penalty shot at 11:14 of the second.
Then, as history beckoned, Lemieux squeezed an empty-netter onto the scoresheet with one second remaining in the game – officially, at 19:59 of the third period – to become the first and only NHL player to score “five goals five ways.”
Photos from the PNC display on the suite level of CONSOL Energy Center:
The entire display
The display description
The two pages of the actual scoresheet from that night, placed side-by-side
A close-up view of the actual scoresheet from that game