Friday, January 28, 2011
All-Star Week continues here at Third String Goalie with a look at the man who holds the NHL All-Star Game scoring record for most points in one game.
19 year old Mario Lemieux made his NHL All-Star debut as an NHL rookie in 1985 in spectacular fashion, scoring a pair of goals, including the game winner, and an assist in the Wales Conference's 6-4 win in Calgary. He was named as the game's MVP, the only rookie to ever do so.
After being named to the starting lineup, Lemieux was held scoreless in the 1986 NHL All-Star Game in Hartford, Connecticut.
1986 NHL All-Star Game Mario Lemieux jersey
Lemieux was once more named to the starting lineup for the Wales Conference for the 1988 game in St. Louis, Missouri.
With the Wales Conference trailing by one, Lemieux picked up his first assist of the contest at 14:45 after setting up Tomas Sandstrom. With the Wales Conference trailing 2-1 after one period, they stormed back in the first half of the second period as Mike Gartner scored on an assist from Lemieux at 4:28. At 10:08 on the power play, Lemieux again figured in the scoring with the first assist on Peter Stastny's goal. He then equalled the record for most points in a game with his fourth when he registered his first goal of the game from Mats Naslund at 11:34. The Campbell Conference trimmed the lead to one with they got their third of the game at 15:09 as the second period ended 4-3 in favor of the Wales Conference.
The Campbell Conference tied the game at 5:19 of the third only to have Lemieux score at 8:07 from Naslund again and Kevin Dineen to establish a new single game scoring record with his fifth point of the contest. The Campbell Conference tied the game once more at 16:28 and the game then headed to overtime tied at 4-4 after 60 minutes of play.
Lemieux then increased his record to six points when he scored the game winning goal at 1:08 into the overtime to complete his hat trick, with assists again from Naslund and Dineen, with Naslund having the first assist on all three goals by Lemieux.
His record setting performance earned him his second NHL All-Star Game MVP award in just his third game.
After competing in the 1989 game hosted by Edmonton, Lemieux would play in front of his home fans in Pittsburgh in 1990, where he did not disappoint, tying the record for the Most Goals in a Single All-Star Game with four in the Wales Conference's 12-7 win.
1989 NHL All-Star Game Mario Lemieux jersey
1990 NHL All-Star Game Mario Lemieux jersey
Lemieux opened the scoring just 21 seconds into the game and scored his second at the 13 minute mark to make it 4-1 for the Wales Conference. Before the period was over, Lemieux completed another All-Star Game hat trick at 17:37 to make the score now 6-2.
Lemieux's record tying fourth goal would have to wait until the third period when he scored at 1:07 on an assist from Cam Neely to stretch the Wales advantage to 10-6 at the time.
He was naturally named the game's MVP for the third time in his career, establishing a new record.
He currently holds or shares four All-Star records with the Most Points in a Single Game with six in 1988, the Most Goals in a Single Game with four in 1990, the Most Career Goals with 13 and the Most MVP Awards with three.
The remainder of his All-Star career included participating in the 1992 contest in Philadelphia during the NHL's 75th Anniversary season which was commemorated by wearing throwback jerseys like those worn in the original NHL All-Star Game in 1947.
1992 NHL All-Star Game Mario Lemieux jersey
He scored a pair of assists in Boston in 1996 and followed that up with two goals and an assist in San Jose in 1997.
1996 NHL All-Star Game Mario Lemieux jersey
Playing for North America in 2001, Lemieux scored another goal as well as an assist in the North American's 14-12 win over the World team.
2001 NHL All-Star Game Mario Lemieux jersey
His final All-Star Game goal came in 2002 in Los Angeles to give him a share of the career record with his 13th goal in All-Star competition.
2002 NHL All-Star Game Mario Lemieux jersey
Today's featured jersey is a 1988 NHL All-Star Game Mario Lemieux jersey from his record setting six point game which still stands today, 27 years later.
This style jersey was worn only in 1988. It used the same template of the jerseys worn from 1984 to 1986, only with the addition of the NHL shield as the crest rather than the Wales and Campbell designations as before. It also was customized with basic one color numbers rather than the two-color drop shadowed numbers as previously.
Today's video segment begins with Lemieux winning the MVP award in his first All-Star Game.
Next, Lemieux scores four goals in front of his home fans in Pittsburgh in 1990.