Random flashback: The time Mario Lemieux scored five goals, five different ways

Former Pittsburgh Penguins player and current owner Mario Lemieux turned 47 on Friday. Here's our latest random flashback that takes a look at what was arguably the greatest single-game performance of his Hall of Fame career (and one that will likely never be duplicated): scoring five goals, five different ways -- even-strength, power play, shorthanded, penalty shot, and empty net.

It took place on Dec. 31, 1988, against the New Jersey Devils as part of an 8-6 win. Not only did he score five goals, he also assisted on Pittsburgh's other three that night. 

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Adam Gretz has been writing about the NHL and taking an analytical approach to the game since the start of the 2008 season. A member of the PHWA since 2015, he has spent more than three years covering... Full Bio

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