Sundstrom and Lemieux Both Scored Eight Points in Single Playoff Game

Published on April 27th, 2024 2:42 pm EST
Written By: Dave Manuel

Hockey playoff scoring legends. The fact that Mario Lemieux is co-owner of the single playoff game scoring record of eight points shouldn't be surprising to anyone.

The surprising fact should be the player who is the co-owner of the record.

It's not Wayne Gretzky - instead, the player is Patrik Sundstrom.

On April 22nd, 1988, Sundstrom and the New Jersey Devils defeated the Washington Capitals by a score of 10-4 in Game 3 of their Patrick Division Final playoff series.

Sundstrom had a hat trick and added five assists for the incredible 8 point night.

This game erupted into a penalty-filled affair, as the Capitals were understandably humiliated to lose by such a margin.

The series would go to seven games, with the Devils eventually winning.


Sundstrom wouldn't hold the record by himself for very long.

A little over a year later, on April 25th, 1989, the Penguins would defeat the Philadelphia Flyers by a score of 10-7.

Lemieux would score five goals and add another three assists that evening.

Lemieux would score four goals in the first period as the Penguins erupted for an early 6-1 lead.

Lemieux would add three assists in the second period before adding his fifth goal of the game late in the game.

After this crushing loss, the Flyers would rebound to win the next two games of the series and move on to the next round.


Speaking of Wayne Gretzky - he is the only player to ever score SEVEN points in a single playoff game, and he did this THREE times - April 17th, 1983 against the Calgary Flames, April 25th, 1985 against the Winnipeg Jets and April 9th, 1987 against the Los Angeles Kings.

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