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2000s: Memorable NHL Performances

Mario Lemieux

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Dec. 27, 2000

Mario Lemieux
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His career interrupted by Hodgkin's disease and back problems, the Penguins Hall of Famer and owner emerged from a three-year retirement to set up a goal on his first shift against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He later scored another and tacked on a second assist in a 5-0 win before an adoring crowd in Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena. He finished the season with a remarkable 76 points in only 43 games.
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