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This Day in Buffalo Sports History<br> Jan. 21, 1990 -- Lucky Pierre

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, and he represented them well.

He even had a little help from his friends.

Turgeon joined Dave Andreychuk, Phil Housley and Daren Puppa in leading 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, 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 lasted from 1987 to 2007. He finished his career with 1,327 points, one more than Gil Perreault.

-- Budd Bailey

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