During the NHL’s hiatus, we at the Last Word on Hockey are going to look back at each date’s historical significance to the game. We’ll remember the moments that shaped the sport of hockey that happened on this day. Here’s our look at this date in hockey history for April 25th, featuring Mario Lemieux.
Today in Hockey History
Mario Lemieux Ties A Pair of Post-Season Records
1989: The Pittsburgh Penguins centre ties two playoff marks in a 10-7 win over the Philadelphia Flyers in the Patrick Division Final. Lemieux ties marks with five goals and eight points in a single post-season game.
Super Mario scores his first three in a record-setting 6:55 of game time. He ties Patrik Sundstrom‘s eight-point game that he set over a year earlier. Lemieux ties Maurice Richard, Reggie Leach and Darryl Sittler with five goals in a game.
Other Notable Events
1985: Wayne Gretzky has his second seven-point playoff game in the Edmonton Oilers 8-3 over the Winnipeg Jets. Gretzky gets three goals and four assists as the Oilers finish a four-game sweep in the Smythe Division Final.
2008: Pittsburgh rallies from three goals down to beat the New York Rangers, 5-4, in Game 1 of the Eastern semis. New York had been 93-1 when up by three goals going into the period of a playoff game.
The Pens repeat the feat one year later in a 5-3 win over the Flyers in Game 6 of the first round.
2018: Boston comes back three times in a Game 7 as it beats Toronto, 7-4, in the first round. The Bruins scores four unanswered goals to beat the Leafs again.
2019: Charlie Coyle scores the game-tying and OT-winning goals in Boston’s 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Coyle and Patrice Bergeron are the only B’s to get the tying goal in the last five minutes and the the OT decider. Coyle helps the Bruins win Game 1 of the Eastern semis.
Happy Birthday to You
1918: Pat Egan
1952: Vladislav Tretiak
1986: Alexei Emelin
1988: James Sheppard