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Feb. 11: Jean Beliveau scores 500th NHL goal

Plus: Gordie Howe gets first hat trick; Ray Bourque reaches 1,500 points

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Feb. 11

1971: Jean Beliveau scores the 500th goal of his NHL career when he completes a hat trick in the Montreal Canadiens' 6-2 victory against the Minnesota North Stars at the Forum.

Beliveau reaches the milestone and becomes the fourth player in NHL history to score 500 goals at 6:42 of the second period when he takes a drop pass from Phil Roberto at the end of a long shift, deked goaltender Gilles Gilbert and tucked a backhand shot just inside the far post, triggering an avalanche of tribute from a crowd of 16,158 fans.

It's the 18th and final hat trick of Beliveau's NHL career; he retires in May 1971 after helping the Canadiens defeat the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final.

Goal No. 500 comes exactly two years after Beliveau's third and final four-goal game against the Los Angeles Kings in a 7-3 victory at the Forum.

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1950: Gordie Howe scores three goals for his first NHL hat trick. He also has two assists in the Detroit Red Wings' 9-4 road win against the Boston Bruins. Detroit's Gerry Couture blows the game open by scoring four goals in the third period.

 

1960: Boston's Bronco Horvath extends his NHL-record point-scoring streak to 21 games with a first-period assist on a goal by Johnny Bucyk in the Bruins' 3-2 victory against the Red Wings at Boston Garden.

 

1968: In the final game played at the old Madison Square Garden, the New York Rangers rally for a 3-3 tie with Detroit. Rod Gilbert has three assists for New York, including one on Jean Ratelle's game-tying goal in the third period that turns out to be the last in the old Garden. The new (and current) Garden opens one week later.

 

1982: NHL history is made when referee Kerry Fraser awards penalty shots to two Vancouver Canucks players in the same period. Thomas Gradin and Ivan Hlinka each score against Red Wings goalie Gilles Gilbert in the third period of a 4-4 tie at Joe Louis Arena.

 

1984: Al Arbour becomes the fifth coach in NHL history to reach 500 career wins. The milestone comes when the New York Islanders defeat the Canucks 6-4 at Nassau Coliseum.

 

1988: Wayne Gretzky scores a goal and has two assists in the Edmonton Oilers' 7-2 victory against the Canucks at Pacific Coliseum to give him 101 points, his NHL-record ninth 100-point season. He passes Marcel Dionne, who had eight. 

 

1991: Mario Lemieux has two assists to become the second-fastest NHL player to reach 500 in his career. (Lemieux does it in 433 games; Gretzky in 352). Lemieux also scores a goal but the Penguins lose 7-5 at Edmonton.

 

1999: Randy Cunneyworth of the Buffalo Sabres scores in a 5-2 win against Montreal, setting an NHL record for longest time between goals with one team. Cunneyworth's previous goal for the Sabres comes on Nov. 15, 1981, a span of 17 years, two months, 27 days.

 

2000: Ray Bourque becomes the second defenseman in NHL history to reach 1,500 points when he scores a goal for the Bruins in a 5-2 loss to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. He is the ninth player to reach the milestone.

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