April 25, 1989: Mario Lemieux put on one of the most dominant offensive performances in NHL playoff history, scoring 5 goals and adding 3 assists against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 5 of the Patrick Division Final in Pittsburgh.
Lemieux came out guns blazing, scoring a hat trick in the first 6:55 of the first period, recording the fastest playoff hat trick to start a game in NHL history.
I think everyone in the Civic Arena expected one of Ron Hextall‘s patented freakouts after Lemieux’s third goal in just the first seven minutes of play.
Mario scored his 4th goal with 2:51 remaining in just the first period to tie the NHL record for most goals scored in a period in a playoff game.
And Mario wasn’t done there!
Lemieux added 3 assists in the second period and an empty-net goal with 37 seconds remaining, tying two NHL records:
- Most goals (5) scored in an NHL playoff game
- Most points (8) scored in an NHL playoff game
They didn’t call him ‘Le Magnifique‘ for nothing!
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