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This Date in NHL History

Feb. 11: Beliveau scores 500th NHL goal

Plus: Howe has first hat trick; Crosby gets No. 400

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


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, dekes goalie Gilles Gilbert and tucks a backhand shot just inside the far post, triggering an avalanche of tribute from the crowd of 16,158.

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.

Video: Jean Beliveau's name is on Stanley Cup 17 times



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 three of his 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 Detroit at Boston Garden.


1968: The New York Rangers rally for a 3-3 tie with Detroit in the final game played at the old Madison Square Garden. Rod Gilbert has three assists for New York, including one on the game-tying goal by Jean Ratelle in the third period that turns out to be the last in the old Garden. The Rangers play their first game in the new (and current) Garden 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 has 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 Pittsburgh loses 7-5 to Edmonton at Northlands Coliseum.

Video: Mario Lemieux scored 100 points 10 different times


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 and 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.


2017: Henrik Lundqvist becomes the 12th goalie in NHL history with 400 victories, making 32 saves in the Rangers' 4-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Madison Square Garden. He reaches the milestone in 727 games, the fastest in NHL history, and joins Martin Brodeur and Tony Esposito as the only goalie to win 400 games with one franchise.


2018: Sidney Crosby becomes the 95th player in NHL history and the seventh active player to score 400 goals. With his father on hand, he ends a 10-game goal drought and reaches the milestone by scoring 3:31 into the second period of the Penguins' 4-1 victory against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. Crosby is the 20th player to score 400 goals and have at least 650 assists. He starts his push toward No. 500 when he scores into an empty net with 2:48 remaining in the third period.

Video: PIT@STL: Crosby nets 400th NHL goal from sharp angle


2019: Joe Pavelski becomes the sixth player selected in the seventh round or later in the NHL Draft to have at least five 30-goal seasons when he scores for the San Jose Sharks in a 7-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. Pavelski, taken by San Jose in the seventh round (No. 205) in the 2003 NHL Draft, also gets his 400th assist, all with the Sharks, who extend their point streak at Vancouver to 14 games (13-0-1).

On the same night, Crosby has a goal and two assists in Pittsburgh's 4-1 win against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center, giving him 1,181 points (435 goals, 746 assists) and moving him past Sergei Fedorov into 50th place on the NHL all-time scoring list.


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