Of the 690 career goals Mario Lemieux scored during his 17-year NHL career, no goal demonstrated the resilience and drive that made him a legend as much as the last goal he ever scored.
Facing his hometown Montreal Canadiens, Lemieux took a high stick to the face from defenseman Mathieu Dandenault and went down to the ice. As the Mellon Arena crowd held its collective breath, Lemieux got to his feet and skated to the Pens bench to a thunderous applause.
Less than a minute later, Lemieux returned to the ice as part of the Pens' power-play unit. After winning the faceoff, Lemieux went to the front of the net and, despite being tied up by Dandenault, deflected a pass by goaltender Jose Theodore.
While no one knew it at the time, this amazing goal would be the last one Lemieux would score in the NHL as he was forced to retire midseason after being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation.