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Mario leaves game on his terms

Updated: December 7, 2000, 2:38 PM ET
By Darren Smith | SportsTicker

Editor's Note: Below is a republished account of Mario Lemieux's last game in the NHL – April 26, 1997, Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

PHILADELPHIA – In the end, Mario Lemieux left hockey for the same reason other great athletes have given up their sports.

Lemieux played his final game Saturday night, exiting when his Pittsburgh Penguins were eliminated from the Eastern Conference quarterfinals in five games by the Philadelphia Flyers.

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