On December 31, 1988, Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins scored his fourth goal of the game on a penalty shot. Of course you’ll remember Lemieux ended up scoring fives goals in that game or as it’s more commonly know “5 goals in 5 ways.”
Since then no other NHL player has been able to equal his amazing feat and it doesn’t seem likely anyone will ever do it again. But on Wednesday night the Montreal Canadiens Lars Eller did something very Lemieux-esque. He scored four goals in a game with the fourth one coming on a magnificent spin-o-rama penalty shot goal.
The magical night finally gave the Montreal faithful something to cheer about. It’s been a rough season for the Canadiens, winners of just six of their last 20. But for one night at least Eller gave them something to be proud of.