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The Greatest NHL Moment

OTTAWA (Dec. 16, 2017) – Following six weeks of voting, it was revealed tonight during the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic™ that fans selected Pittsburgh Penguins legend Mario Lemieux scoring five goals in five different ways as the Greatest NHL® Moment Presented by Coors Light and Pepsi Zero Sugar.

Lemieux, a native of Montreal, and current owner of the Penguins, was on hand in Ottawa for the announcement, which took place during the second period of the game. Lemieux’s childhood idol, Montreal Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur, presented him with a specially commissioned painting by artist Tony Harris to commemorate the moment voted the greatest in the NHL’s first 100 years. Click here to watch the presentation. 

On Dec. 31, 1988, Lemieux became the first player to ever score goals in five different ways during the same game. Before a crowd of 16,025 at Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Lemieux scored at even strength, on the power play, while shorthanded, on a penalty shot and into an empty net. Those five goals, along with assists on Pittsburgh’s three other tallies, gave Lemieux an eight-point night and carried the Penguins to an 8-6 victory against the New Jersey Devils.

The bracket-style, interactive, digital and mobile program started with 64 of the NHL’s most memorable events, milestones and achievements – spanning from the League’s inaugural season in 1917-18 to present day. The final round of voting had Lemieux’s moment pitted against Bobby Orr’s goal 40 seconds into overtime, which ended the Boston Bruins’ 29-year Stanley Cup® drought on May 10, 1970.

Before defeating Orr in the Final, Lemieux’s five goals in five different ways beat Peter and Anton Stastnyscoring eight points each, Wayne Gretzky’s 802nd career goal, the New York Islanders winning their fourth consecutive Stanley Cup® championship, Darryl Sittler’s record-setting 10-point game, and Gretzky’s 50 goals in a record-setting 39 games.

A Blue Ribbon panel selected the 100 greatest moments of all-time and then broadcast representatives from NHL national rightsholders NBC Sports Group, NHL Network™, Sportsnet and TVA Sports, narrowed the list to 64 for vote by fans. The moments – brought to life with video vignettes – were placed into a bracket-style format and divided into four regions: Hart Region, Norris Region, Calder Region and Vezina Region. Fans voted from Oct. 18 through Nov. 28.


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Awesome clip.  nice to rewatch

Posted by SlimChance on 12/16/17 at 10:36 PM ET

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Not sure how this was determined, but 5 goals in a regular season game will never be equal to scoring the Stanley Cup Winning Goal , no matter how many people age 30 or under vote for it.

I appreciate what Lemieux did, I had him on my rotisserie team back in 1989 , but scoring the Stanley Cup winning Goal trumps 5 regular season goals any time.

Posted by Down River Dan on 12/17/17 at 03:25 AM ET


What a dick comment

Posted by SlimChance on 12/17/17 at 09:26 AM ET


I appreciate what Lemieux did, I had him on my rotisserie team back in 1989 , but scoring the Stanley Cup winning Goal trumps 5 regular season goals any time.

I was surprised that Lemieux’s achievement came out on top, but the Orr goal is arguably somewhat overhyped due to the fact that Boston was involved (and had somehow, in a 6-team league, failed to win a Stanley Cup since the ‘40s).  And, of course, that iconic photo .  The Cup Final that year was probably one of the more non-competitive final series ever (Boston had won the first 3 games by a combined score of 16-4).  Not exactly high drama. 

Also, what Lemieux did was singular.  There is a Stanley-Cup winning goal every year - OT series winners aren’t even that uncommon.  It’s happened 17 times; in fact, it’s happened 7 times just since Orr did it! 

Personally, I might have picked Sittler’s 10-point game.  Just awesome, and that is something we still talk about everytime someone gets 8 points in a game (well, we used to when that actually happened back in the ‘80s.)  I also like that there’s an offensive record held by someone not named Gretzky. grin

Posted by Lex Talionis on 12/18/17 at 10:09 AM ET

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