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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: An All-Star performance

   January 21, 1990 -- When Pierre Turgeon was drafted in 1987, the Buffalo Sabres hoped he'd be appearing in All-Star Games for years to come. He did represent them in 1990 in Pittsburgh in such a game, and he represented them well.

   He even had a little help from his friends.

   Turgeon joined Dave Andreychuk, Phil Housley and Daren Puppa in helping the Wales Conference
to a 12-7 win over the Campbell Conference in the 41st annual NHL All-Star Game. Turgeon had two goals, Andreychuk a goal and an assist, and Housley had an assist. Puppa was brilliant in goal, at least until he was worn down by a number of shots.

   However, the day really belonged to hometown hero Mario Lemieux. He scored four goals in a game, joining Wayne Gretzky as the only players to do that. Lemieux was the game's most valuable player.

   Turgeon went on to play in four NHL All-Star Games in a career that went from 1987 to 2007. Two of them were with the New York Islanders - Buffalo traded him there in the deal that brought Pat
LaFontaine to the Sabres - and one was as a member of the Montreal Canadiens. He finished his career with 1,327 points, one more than Gil Perreault.

--- Budd Bailey

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