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Grand moments

December 20th, 1973
HENRI POCKETS NO. 1000
On December 20, 1973, Henri Richard took advantage of a Canadiens road game in Buffalo to join a very select club.

Richard was playing his 1,194th career game and had 999 points under his NHL belt when the puck was dropped. With Montreal ahead 1-0, the Canadiens captain assisted on a Jimmy Roberts goal that found its way behind Sabres Goaltender Dave Dryden at 1:38 of the second period.

With the assist, the “Pocket Rocket” became the seventh player in NHL history – and the second member of the Canadiens after Jean Béliveau – to reach the 1,000-point plateau.

Nonetheless, the Sabres would hang on for a comeback, with the game ending in a 2-2 tie.