Mario Lemieux: The 15 Best Goals of Super Mario's Career
Mario Lemieux thrilled hockey fans during his career with his special mix of size, strength and skill. There were 690 times that Lemieux scored a regular season goal and 76 postseason goals.
If you were a fan of "Le Magnifique," chances are you tried to recreate some of his goals as a kid. At the very least, you still look back on them with amazement.
With all due to respect to Wayne Gretzky, "Super Mario" was likely the most prolific one-on-one or one-on-two player in NHL history. There was literally no defender that he could not torch.
In fact, had the NHL been more popular like the NBA, it seems likely that the phrase "posterize" could have come from one of Lemieux's remarkable tallies. There are no shortage of memorable or incredible goals on his resume.
In the following slideshow, some of the best NHL goal scoring moments in Mario's career are presented. Will your favorite turn up on the list? Check the slide of the 15 best goals of Mario Lemieux's career to find out.
Number 15: First Goal on the First Shot of His First Shift
Mario took the ice against the Boston Bruins for his first NHL shift. It is no surprise that the puck ended up on his stick and in the Bruin's net.
Number 14: 5 Goals Against the St. Louis Blues
On March 26, 1996, Mario Lemieux netted five goals against the St. Louis Blues. Here is number five.
Number 13: Scoring Right off the Draw
Mario Lemieux scores right off the draw in this clip. When he turns and gestures upwards, it is because he made a bet with local radio host Mark Madden, great stuff.
Number 12: 1990 NHL All Star Game
On January 21, 1990, Mario Lemieux put on a show in the NHL All Star Game for the hometown fans at the Civic Arena.
Number 11: 600th Goal
Super Mario notches his 600th career goal.
Number 10: Fives Goals Against the New York Rangers
Mario Lemieux scored his fifth goal against the New York Rangers with a sick move on Mike Richter.
Number Nine: Mario Lemieux Scores a Goal Every Possible Way
This feat still has yet to be matched by anyone. Against the New Jersey Devils, Mario Lemieux scored a goal every way possible: even strength, power play, short handed, penalty shot and in to an empty net.
Number Eight: Mario's Biggest Non-Playing Goal
Not an on-ice goal, but as a Penguins fan, being in the building the night that the announcement for funding of a new arena was made meant seeing Mario Lemieux's biggest off-ice goal.
Number Seven: Mario Lemieux Scores His Last Goal
Fast forward to about the 2:30 mark of this video to see the 690th goal in Mario Lemieux's career. It was his final goal, coming against the Montreal Canadiens on November 10, 2005. Fitting for a native of the province of Quebec.
Number Six: Goal Versus the Quebec Nordiques
Speaking of Quebec, here is a goal Lemieux scored with a guy jet-skiiing from his back.
Number Five: Mario Lemieux Scores His Last Goal Before Reitiring the First Time
Home playoff game in a series the Penguins would lost to the Philadelphia Flyers. But at this moment in 1997, it still seemed like the perfect script to end his career.
Number Four: Mario Lemieux Scores in His First Comeback Game
December 27, 2000. One of the biggest home games in Pittsburgh Penguins history. Mario Lemieux returns to the NHL and does not disappoint.
Number Three: Mario Lemieux Makes Ray Bourque Look Foolish
Ray Bourque was one of the best defenders in NHL history. One night in the Wales Conference Finals, Mario Lemieux blew by him in a way that no player ever could.
Number Two: Mario Lemieux Splits the Minnesota North Stars
Mario Lemieux with an all-time highlight against the Minnesota North Stars in Game 2 of the 1991 Stanley Cup Finals.
Number One: Mario Lemieux "Buries It"
Despite the fact that my personal favorite Lemieux goal was the number two selection on this list, I put my feelings aside to rank this his No. 1 NHL goal.
In the closing seconds of a tie game in the 1992 Stanley Cup Finals, Mario Lemieux inexplicably is wide open for the rebound and, as our friends at The Pensblog would say, "buries it!"