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10-24-2013, 09:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Darth Yoda View Post
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.
If you want to talk peak, Lemieux was only on par with Gretzky during the regar season. He hardly ever peaked as high as Gretz during the playoffs, if ever. Lemieux had 44 points in 23 games one time. Had Gretz played 23 games in the '85 playoffs, he would have been on track for 60 points. Lemieux was not really close at all. Gretz scored 47 points in only 18 games. Then in 1988 (only 3 seasons before Lemieux's 44 point playoff), Gretz scored 43 points in only 19 games WITHOUT Paul Coffey. Say what you want about the regular season, but come playoff time--when it mattered the most--no one peaked as high as #99.

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