Doug Weight picked a pretty good alternative to his home ice for reaching the 1,000-point plateau.
Weight became just the eighth American-born player - 73rd overall - to achieve the milestone when he had two assists in the New York Islanders' 5-4 loss to the Coyotes on Friday night in front of about 30 friends and family in Arizona.
"I couldn't really move all game today," said Weight, whose wife is from Phoenix. "I felt a little nervous. It worked out, having my family here. It's something I'll be proud of and remember the rest of my life."
Weight, who is from Warren, Mich., was feted with a standing ovation not only by his family and teammates but also the home team, which is coached by career leading scorer Wayne Gretzky, and the Coyotes' fans.
"It was unbelievable for the team to stand up and give me a hand and the crowd, too," Weight said. "The U.S. has a lot of U.S. hockey fans and me being an American it's nice to do it on this soil. It was a very nice hand I got and I appreciate it."
In other NHL games, it was: Carolina 2, St. Louis 1; New Jersey 4, Montreal 1; Atlanta 4, Vancouver 3 in a shootout; Columbus 6, Colorado 1; Philadelphia 5, Anaheim 4 in a shootout.
The 37-year-old Weight reached the mark when he fed Richard Park on a long outlet pass to make it 5-3 with 3:06 left. Weight set up Park again with 28 seconds left after goalie Rick DiPietro had gone to the bench for an extra attacker.
"To be part of it, not only as a teammate but to get in on that accomplishment is something I'll always remember," Park said. "Things like that don't happen too much in this game. I think it speaks volumes about Doug as a hockey player and the dedication and sacrifice he's endured to get to that point."
Shane Doan and Olli Jokinen scored, Zbynek Michalek had a goal and an assist, and Viktor Tikhonov and Joakim Lindstrom each added unassisted goals for the Coyotes, who won for the third time in four games.
"It's pucks and people to the net," Doan said. "We've got a lot to do yet and it's something that's a process and we'll be better at it."
Josh Bailey scored his first NHL goal and Sean Bergenheim also tallied for the Islanders, who have lost three of four.
"I like the way our team didn't give up," coach Scott Gordon said. "We did a great job, even when it was 5-2, to stay with it."
At Newark, N.J., Scott Clemmensen made 33 saves, Jamie Langenbrunner and Zach Parise each had a goal and an assist, and the Devils won for the third time in four games.
Brian Gionta and John Madden also scored for New Jersey. Max Pacioretty scored in his NHL debut for Montreal, which had won three straight.
Jaroslav Halak made his first appearance in goal against New Jersey. He lasted two periods, giving up three goals on 22 shots. Marc Denis finished up for Montreal.
Eric Staal scored his team-leading 18th goal, and surging Carolina handed St. Louis its seventh straight road loss.
Anton Babchuk scored and Tuomo Ruutu and Sergei Samsonov had two assists apiece for the Hurricanes. Carolina has earned points in 10 of its 14 games in the month since Paul Maurice was rehired as coach. Cam Ward finished with 30 saves.
David Backes scored for the Blues, and Chris Mason stopped 26 shots.
At Atlanta, Eric Christensen scored the winner in an extra round of the shootout, and the Thrashers beat the Canucks to snap a four-game skid.
Kari Lehtonen made 35 saves for Atlanta and turned back the final shootout bid by Daniel Sedin as the Thrashers won for the first time this season against a Western Conference team after five losses.
Atlanta improved to 2-0 in shootouts, and Vancouver dropped to 1-4.
Slava Kozlov, Ilya Kovalchuk and Joey Crabb had goals for Atlanta. Henrik Sedin scored two goals and twin Daniel Sedin had the other for Vancouver. Each had three points.
At Denver, Kristian Huselius scored twice for Columbus and Steve Mason won his fourth straight despite having his shutout streak halted.
Mason's franchise-record shutout string was snapped by Darcy Tucker's goal late in the first period. Mason went 199 minutes, 19 seconds between goals allowed. The 20-year-old rookie finished with 23 saves.
Columbus' Rick Nash converted a penalty shot as part of a three-goal second period.
At Anaheim, Calif., Mike Richards scored the only goal in the shootout and assisted on goals by Ossi Vannanen, Braydon Coburn and Mike Knuble, leading Philadelphia to a victory over the Ducks.
Martin Biron improved his career record against the Ducks to 8-0-0 with 23 saves. Josh Gratton scored his first goal of the season for the Flyers.
Andrew Ebbett scored his first NHL goal on his 26th birthday, and Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf each had a goal and an assist for the Ducks. Rob Niedermayer also found the net for Anaheim.