Lemieux Shows Magic During Winter Classic Alumni Game

Even at 45 years of age Mario Lemieux still has those magical hands and tremendous on ice vision which made him a hall of fame player with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Lemieux, who scored 690 goals and 1,723 points in his storied career drew countless standing ovations from the Pittsburgh fans who were on hand Friday at Heinz Field and watched him get two assists during the Winter Classic alumni game which ended in a 5-5 draw. Playing against the Washington Capitals fans got to see various old timers such as Bryan Trottier, Larry Murphy, Paul Coffey and Ron Francis for Pittsburgh go against the likes of Alan May, Paul Mulvey, Don Beaupre and Nick Kypreos for Washington. “The ice was great. Just a few times in the neutral zone, there was a puddle,” Lemieux said. Scoring for the Penguins alumni was Rob Brown, Rod Buskas, Craig Simpson, Jay Caufield and Ron Francis. Meanwhile scoring for Washington were both Mulvey and May with two and former 500 goal scorer Peter Bondra who tied it up with only 45 seconds remaining. During the pre-game introductions Lemieux who was picked last received the loudest and longest ovation from the 10,000 on hand. “Win or lose, this game was a little different from the rest of them. This was about Mario Lemieux,” Mulvey said. “It was great to get out there and play and see the guys. It was a good day for us all. But this was about Mario. It was his day.”

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