At 27 years old Penguins Super-star Center Mario Lemieux was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, a form of Cancer that attacks the lymph nodes. But despite all that was against him Mario proved to the world why he was the greatest player in the NHL.
On March 2, 1993 Mario Lemieux made his return to the ice after nearly two months of radiation treatments in a game against the Flyers at the Philadelphia Spectrum. And in what can only be described as jaw dropping nearly all the Flyers’ fans stood and gave Mario an ovation. Little did anyone know at this time that Lemieux was about to make history through the remainder of the season. Scoring 1 goal and an assist teammates couldn’t believe what they saw Mario do on the ice. It was at that time 66 proclaimed he would surpass the current Points leader in the NHL (Pat LaFontaine).
BTW He was currently 12 points behind with only 19 games remaining in the season.
In the final 17 games of the season Mario went on to collect 27 goals and 51 points surpassing LaFontaine and winning the Scoring title by 12 points. During that amazing run Lemieux had seven multi goal games, two of which were 4 goal games (back-to-back) and one game he scored 5 goals (against the Rangers).
It was during this 17 game stretch that the Penguins would set a long standing record of 17 consecutive victories in a season.
If this doesn’t show you how amazing Mario Lemieux was, maybe you should consider watching a different sport.
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– Robert Slavinsky