In 1988-1989, the Pittsburgh Penguins made the playoffs for the first time since 1982. It was a breakout season for the Penguins. They swept the Rangers in round one before falling to Philadelphia in seven games in round two.
Mario Lemieux had an astonishing 199 points that year, falling a point short of being only the second player in NHL history to reach the 200 point mark. He scored 50 goals in 50 games that year, but somehow finished second to Wayne Gretzky in Hart Trophy voting. Rob Brown finished with 115 points and Paul Coffey had 113.
Lemieux would miss 21 games during the next season with back problems and that battle would continue for the rest of his career. The 1989 season was possibly his finest year. Injuries started taking over after this campaign.
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