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Lemieux scores 50th in game No. 44

Updated: January 14, 2002, 9:56 AM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Jan. 20, 1989

Penguins center Mario Lemieux joins Wayne Gretzky as the only players in NHL history to score 50 goals in fewer than 50 games. Just 78 seconds into his 44th game (No. 46 for Pittsburgh), Lemieux skates past the faceoff circle and beats Winnipeg goal Pokey Reddick with a shot to the short side.

Gretzky has accomplished the feat three times, with the record coming in the 1981-82 season when he scored 50 goals in 39 games.

Only 23 and in his fifth season, ...

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