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Top 90 of the ’90s

Top 90 of the ’90s

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Top 90 of the '90s

TOP 90 OF THE ‘90S: 3-7

>3. MARIO LEMIEUX C | PIT 1990s STATS: 318 GP | 268 G | 388 A | 656 P | 313 PIM It’s incredible Lemieux is one of the best players of all-time and yet still has a “what if?” scenario attached to him. ‘Super Mario’ was limited to 318 games in the ’90s due to back problems and Hodgkin’s lymphoma, yet still had time to win two Cups, four scoring titles, two Hart Trophies and two Conn Smythe Trophies. >4. DOMINIK HASEK G | BUF, CHI 1990s STATS: 210-150-68 | 2.26 GAA | .926 SP | 45 SO Hasek did dominate the decade with five Vezina Trophies and two Harts, plus five first-team all-star selections. The incredibly entertaining and intimidating netminder dragged the Sabres to the 1999 Cup final against Dallas until…well, you know what happened.…

Top 90 of the '90s

TOP 90 OF THE ‘90S: 14. ERIC LINDROS

C | PHI 1990s STATS: 486 GP | 290 G | 369 A | 659 P | 946 PIM NO PLAYER EPITOMIZED the rock ’em, sock ’em era of the ’90s NHL quite like Eric Lindros. He was a beast who blended physicality with finesse. Before there were personal trainers and protein shakes, there was ‘The Big E,’ a 6-foot-4 and 240-pound mound of muscle who looked like he was ripped from the pages of a comic book. Lindros used his impressive frame and ferocity to power his way to the NHL, by first refusing to play for the Quebec Nordiques as a No. 1 pick overall and then physically dominating the league as a four-time 40-goal scorer who averaged nearly 140 penalty minutes a season. Along the way, he won a Hart Trophy and…

Top 90 of the '90s

TOP 90 OF THE ‘90S: 32-38

>32. RON FRANCIS C | PIT, CAR, HFD 1990s STATS: 760 GP | 229 G | 585 A | 814 P | 398 PIM Synonymous with the Whalers in the ’80s, Francis didn’t find team success until he got to Pittsburgh, where he helped the Pens win back-to-back Cups in the early ’90s. ‘Ronnie Franchise’ was a superb playmaker and ranked 10th in scoring in the decade (814 points). He had two 100-point seasons in that time. >33. CLAUDE LEMIEUX RW | NJ, COL 1990s STATS: 720 GP | 248 G | 261 A | 509 P | 1,008 PIM Love him or hate him, Lemieux is one of the NHL’s all-time great playoff performers and earned the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1995 for New Jersey en route to his first Stanley Cup. The agitator won another…

Top 90 of the '90s

TOP 90 OF THE ‘90S

FOR THOSE OF US who lived through the ’90s, it may not seem like so long ago – but oh, it was. It’s been decades, in fact, and the game has changed a lot since then. The ’90s as a whole was filled with variation, starting off with the firewagon vestiges of the ’80s before getting bogged down in the Dead Puck Era after the ’94-95 lockout. No matter how the game was played, however, there were superstars roaming the ice. We’ve done a number of historical special issues over the years, often with a panel of experts helping us determine the Top 100 Players of All-Time or a more specific topic, such as the greatest defensemen ever. What we present to you in the following pages is a very specific…