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Grand moments

March 3rd, 1968
BÉLIVEAU'S ROAD TO 1,000
Playing against Gordie Howe’s Red Wings at the Olympia on March 3, 1968, Jean Béliveau had a chance to reach an important career milestone.

Appearing in his 911th NHL game, Béliveau, who had 999 career points to his credit before the puck dropped, wasted no time breaking into four figures. Five minutes into the first period, “Le Gros Bill” beat goaltender Roger Crozier to become the second NHL player - after Howe - to reach the 1,000-point plateau, and the first to do it in a Montreal Canadiens sweater.

Béliveau, who had passed Maurice Richard as the Canadiens’ all-time scoring leader earlier in the season, reached the 1,000-point level 27 games earlier than Mr. Hockey did. Gordie Howe recorded his 1,000th point on November 27, 1960, in his 938th NHL contest.

The evening was less than a complete success, with the game ending 5-2 in the Red Wings’ favor.