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Mario was super despite the obstacles

Jan. 20, 1989: Lemieux nets 50th in 44th game

Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Lemieux lights lamp on first NHL shift
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Oct. 11, 1984: Big things are expected from Mario Lemieux, the first selection in the 1984 NHL draft who had 133 goals and 149 assists for 282 points in junior hockey last season. The Pittsburgh Penguins center, who wears No. 66 (Wayne Gretzky's No. 99 turned upside down), doesn't disappoint.

Today, in his first game, on his first shift, on his first shot, he scores his first goal. It comes at 2:59 of the first period, past Boston goalie Pete Peeters, in a 4-3 loss to the Bruins. Lemieux will go on to be Rookie of the Year, scoring 100 points, with 43 goals.

In his 12-year career, Super Mario will score 613 goals, win six scoring titles and become the only player in NHL history to average more than two points a game and lead the Penguins to two Stanley Cups.

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