Recently, Pittsburgh Hockey Now has published a handful of Top 5 lists and Pittsburgh Penguins All-Time lists. A few fans have asked us, “Was Mario Lemieux really that good?”
The simple answer is, yes. It’s true. It’s all true; the legends and the exaggerations don’t compare to what Penguins Penguins fans witnessed every night. At 6-foot-5 and about 220 pounds, Lemieux was larger than life. He skated with swift grace, saw the ice like Kasparov saw a chessboard, and seemingly scored at will.
AT&T SportsNet will continue its “Pittsburgh Penguins Classic” by airing Game 2 of the 1991 Stanley Cup Final, Wednesday at 7 p.m. Game 2 was the Penguins’ first-ever victory in a Stanley Cup Final game and it featured perhaps the most jaw-dropping goal of Mario Lemieux’s career. It was certainly the most important.
The Civic Arena crowd was insane, too. If you don’t get goosebumps watching that place shake, we suggest checking your pulse.
We don’t mean to sound like old folks telling stories, so watch. Just watch. Sidney Crosby deserves to be mentioned with the all-time greats but no one has ever been able to duplicate what Mario Lemieux could do. Not even Wayne Gretzky.
Former Lemieux linemate Robby Brown, who grew up idolizing Gretzky recently told PHN Lemieux was the greatest ever.
Current Penguins broadcasters Bob Errey and Phil Bourque, who were teammates on the 1991 Pittsburgh Penguins team provided an oral history on the Penguins website: www.pittsburghpenguins.com.
The Penguins’ four wins in the 1991 final series will air over the next two weeks. Game nights will be Wednesday and Friday.
Here is the upcoming “Penguins Classic” schedule on AT&T SportsNet
|Wednesday, May 13||7:00 PM||1991 SCF Game 2 – North Stars at Penguins||AT&TSN|
|Friday, May 15||7:00 PM||1991 SCF Game 4 – Penguins at North Stars||AT&TSN|
|Wednesday, May 20||7:00 PM||1991 SCF Game 5 – North Stars at Penguins||AT&TSN|
|Friday, May 22||7:00 PM||1991 SCF Game 6 – Penguins at North Stars||AT&TSN|