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Grand moments

March 4th, 1981
LAFLEUR'S QUICK RIDE TO 1,000
On March 4, 1981, Guy Lafleur took another step towards solidifying his legendary status in the hockey world.

In a 9-3 rout of the Winnipeg Jets, Lafleur potted a pair of goals to reach the 1,000-point plateau in his 720th career NHL game. He became just the third Hab to reach the mark in a Canadiens jersey, following in the footsteps of Jean Béliveau and Henri Richard.

Lafleur became the fastest NHLer to 1,000 points, needing 20 fewer games to reach the milestone than Marcel Dionne, who did so two months earlier. It was a distinction he held until December 1984, when Wayne Gretzky did it in only 424 games. Only Gretzky, Mario Lemieux (513), Mike Bossy (656), Peter Stastny (682) and Jari Kurri (716) have reached the millennium-point mark quicker.