Mario Lemieux and 200 point season
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10-24-2013, 10:42 AM
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I don't really understand why 200 is such an important number for people. It's not like Gretzky's record was for scoring 200 pts, and Lemieux was 1 away from tying it. If Mario had scored 1 more point, would that actually change anything? For Lemieux fans who think he was better than Gretzky, they think that regardless, whether he hit 200 or not. For Gretzky fans, they'd just say "Gretzky had 4 of them, Lemieux had 1". It wouldn't change the way people view those 2 players.
Maybe it would have mattered to the media? Perhaps 200 pts is enough for him to win the Hart over Gretzky that year, but unlikely. They loved the Gretzky turns the Kings around story and if 199 pts couldn't win him the Hart, 200 probably wouldn't do it either.
Sure it's a nice round number, but Lemieux missed 4 games that year. Had he not, he clearly would have broken 200 pts. Does that make him better than Gretzky? Not in my opinion. And for those who already have that opinion, they have it w/o him hitting 200. It would be like asking "what if Gretzky got 1 more point his rookie year?" That would have given him 11 Art Ross trophies instead of 10. Would it really matter though? If 10 wasn't enough, would 1 more based on scoring 1 more point really matter to people?
You are mostly right but unfortunately it does not matter. Mario was every bit as good as Gretzky at his best, he showed that in 1988-89, 1992-93, 1995-96, 2000-01, playoffs in 1991 and 1992. Us Lemieux'ians like to think, that Mario showed there, that he was the best of the lot. Then some career obesessed guys makes another call, that we all have to live with. But at the end of the story, we all have to recognise that both Gordie Howe and Bobby Orr could very well put these two centres to third and fourth all time, no matter the order.
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