|Tkachuk scored the 1,000th point of his NHL career in Atlanta on Sunday. (Getty Images). |
It was a familiar scene Sunday when Keith Tkachuk scored a goal that stopped the game long enough for his teammates to clear the bench and congratulate him on the ice.
Just six months earlier, the same thing happened when Tkachuk scored career goal No. 500 in the 2007-08 season finale against Columbus.
Talk about a little déjà vu.
Tkachuk’s goal, scored 15:03 into the second period Sunday vs. Atlanta, was the 1,000th point of his NHL career, a milestone only 71 players have reached before him. It also evened the score at 2-2 against the Thrashers.
“I would love to have done it at home, but it was nice seeing the reaction of having the players come on the ice,” Tkachuk said shortly after scoring the goal. “I’m just glad I tied the game.”
The goal gave the Blues some life as they battled back from a one-goal deficit to beat the Thrashers 4-2.
In addition to the congrats from his teammates on the ice, Tkachuk received a standing ovation from the crowd at Philips Arena, where he played briefly as a member of the Thrashers in the 2006-07 season.
| Tkachuk's Milestone |
| Video - Because the game was not televised, the only available video is the in-house arena feed from Atlanta. |
Video - Missed the pregame ceremony honoring Tkachuk on Dec. 6? Watch it here.
Audio - Listen to Chris Kerber's call of Tkachuk's 1,000th point on KMOX 1120 AM.
Photo Gallery - The Blues celebrated Tkachuk's milestone before the Dec. 6 game. See photos from the pregame ceremony.
Podcast - Kerber interviews Keith Tkachuk in the Dec. 1 episode of BluesCast.
Tkachuk, 36, reached the 1,000 point milestone in just his 1,077th career game, becoming the seventh U.S. born player to reach the milestone.
"If you looked at how he's scored most of his goals in the NHL, they've all been in front of the net, two feet in front of the net, him laying on his butt after the puck goes across the line," Blues coach Andy Murray told the St. Louis Post Dispatch. "That's how I picture a Keith Tkachuk goal. It was kind of special to be a part of."
Tkachuk was first acquired by the Blues on March 13, 2001 in a trade with Phoenix that sent Michael Handzus, Ladislav Nagy, Jeff Taffe and a 2002 first round draft choice to the Coyotes. He has remained in St. Louis ever since except for a brief 18-game stint in Atlanta at the end of the 2006-07 season.
His 362 points in a Blues uniform ranks him at eighth all-time in Blues history.
"I've played a long time, and this just means I'm just getting older," Tkachuk told the Associated Press after the game. "I appreciate the game more as I get older. I've been fortunate."