Flashback to New Years Eve on 1988, 32 years ago today.
The Penguins were facing off with the New Jersey Devils and it was a special night for Super Mario.
The Penguins would beat the Devils 8-6, but it was what Mario did that set him apart from anyone else, scoring five goals — but doing so in five different ways.
Lemieux started his scoring with an even strength goal early in the first period.
Later in the first period, he would add a shorthanded goal and a power-play goal.
Near the midway point of the second period, he would add the not-so-common penalty shot goal.
At this point, the only thing that was missing was the empty-net goal, which Lemieux would add, making it the fifth of the possible ways to score a goal, at the 19:59 mark of the game, coming in just under the wire.
Skill aside, it’s such a remarkable feat, simply based on the possible ways to score a goal, including both an empty-net and a penalty-shot goal, things that aren’t necessarily an option right off of the top like even strength, power-play, and shorthanded goals are.