Mario Lemieux scored three goals to reach a career high for one season and lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 6-3 victory over the Quebec Nordiques Thursday night at Pittsburgh.
Lemieux scored two empty-net goals in the final 1:09, giving him 51 goals in 53 games. He had 48 last season.
Pittsburgh rallied from a 3-1 deficit late in the second period to tie the score on goals by Moe Mantha and Lemieux. Then Dan Frawley scored the tie-breaking goal for the Penguins early in the third period.
Quebec's Michel Goulet missed a penalty shot that would have tied the score with 2:27 left in the game. Referee Terry Gregson called for the shot when Randy Cunneyworth threw his stick in an effort to stop Goulet on a breakaway.