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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Proud Poppa Lemieux Scores 5 Goals


PITTSBURGH -- It was the Mario Lemieux show, in honor of Austin Nicholas Lemieux.

Lemieux celebrated the birth of his first son with five goals and two assists to lead the surging Pittsburgh Penguins past the St. Louis Blues 8-4.

Lemieux, whose son was born Sunday three months premature, had his second seven-point game of the season and recorded his 37th career hat trick Tuesday. Lemieux, who has scored five goals in a game three times, has had eight points in contest twice.

He fell one goal short of tying the modern NHL record, last accomplished by Darryl Sittler of Toronto in 1976.

"As you all know, it has been very difficult for myself and my family for the past few months," Lemieux said. "By the way I was playing, I think everyone knew something was up. I was not able to play very well. My head was somewhere else.

"To get that over with, the baby's doing great. My wife's doing great, so I could go back to think about doing my job."

Scoring twice in each of the first two periods, Lemieux passed the 60-goal plateau for the fourth time. His second assist gave him 800 in his career, 17th best in NHL history.

Lemieux had two goals at even strength, two power-play tallies, and a short-handed score.

"It was the Mario Lemieux show, that's all," said Penguins coach Ed Johnston. "It's nice to see him very relaxed out there, especially in the locker room before the game. I think with the baby situation, now that he knows everybody's healthy, it's a big burden off his shoulders."

"It was Mario's show, no question about that," said Blues coach Mike Keenan. "He put on quite a spectacle tonight."

The Penguins are four points ahead of the New York Rangers for the best record in the Eastern Conference and hold a comfortable 10-point lead over the Montreal Canadiens atop the Northeast Division.

Capitals 7, Islanders 1. In Uniondale, New York, Peter Bondra scored three straight goals late in the third period for Washington, which blew open a close game with a five-goal third period.

Jim Carey stopped 25 shots as the Capitals continue to seesaw with New Jersey, Boston and Tampa Bay for the final three playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. Washington is in seventh place with 78 points, trailing the Devils by one point, and ahead of the Lightning by one point.

Todd Krygier, Sergei Gonchar, Steve Konowalchuk and Pat Peake also scored for the Capitals, who snapped a three-game winless streak. Zigmund Palffy scored the only goal for the Islanders, who have lost seven straight.

Devils 6, Lightning 4. In St. Petersburg, Florida, Stephane Richer scored three times and rookie Steve Sullivan got the go-ahead goal with 5:15 remaining.

Sullivan, playing in his 12th NHL game, took a feed from Randy McKay and beat goaltender Daren Puppa on a breakaway with a wrist shot to put the Devils ahead 5-4.

Richer added an empty-net goal for the Devils, who moved up to sixth place in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Brian Bradley scored twice for Tampa Bay, which had its eight-game home unbeaten streak snapped.

Jets 8, Stars 2. In Dallas, Keith Tkachuk had the first four-goal game of his career and Winnipeg took over sole possession of the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot.