Brett Hull took a strange route to become the 53rd NHL player to score 1,000 points.
He did it with two unusual goals--one a fluke off an opponent’s skate, the other from a very sharp angle--and an assist on an empty-net goal Saturday night as the Dallas Stars defeated the Boston Bruins, 3-1, at Boston.
None of that mattered as Hull savored the milestone.
“You start out in this league just hoping you get a chance to make it and play and say I was an NHLer,” he said. “Then, all of a sudden, the success comes.”
Just as it did for his father, Bobby, whose 1,170 points are 29th in NHL history. The Hulls are the first father-son combination with at least 1,000 points each. They were already the only father-son pair to have 500 goals apiece.
Philadelphia 6, New Jersey 1--Eric Lindros had two goals and three assists at Philadelphia.
The victory enabled Flyer goaltender Ron Hextall to tie Bernie Parent for first place on the Flyers’ all-time list with 232 victories.
John LeClair added two goals and an assist for the Flyers, who ended a 0-5-2 skid. The Flyers outshot the Devils, 40-18.
Buffalo 6, Chicago 1--Michal Grosek scored twice at Buffalo as the Sabres extended their unbeaten streak to eight games.
Brian Holzinger, Alexei Zhitnik, Geoff Sanderson and Miroslav Satan also scored for the Sabres, who are 5-0-3 in their streak.
The Blackhawks, winless in their last nine games, managed only 15 shots through two periods against Sabre goalie Dominik Hasek, who was given a rest in the third period when Dwayne Roloson replaced him.
St. Louis 5, Nashville 1--Al MacInnis and Pavol Demitra each scored their eighth goals of the seasons for the Blues at St. Louis.
MacInnis, whose feared slap shot is now a big part of the offense, is well on his way to topping his season total of 19 goals last season. Demitra, elevated to the No. 1 line, is an emerging star after scoring 22 goals in his first NHL season.
Edmonton 4, Montreal 1--Bill Guerin scored his 11th and 12th goals and Rem Murray also had two goals for the Oilers at Montreal.
Murray’s second goal of the game broke a 1-1 tie 62 seconds into the third period. Montreal goaltender Jose Theodore lost the puck to Mike Grier behind the net. Grier found Murray at the side of the net and the center beat Theodore up high.
Pittsburgh 4, Florida 0--Tom Barrasso stopped 23 shots at Pittsburgh and became the third Penguin goaltender in three weeks to register a shutout.
Peter Skudra made 27 saves in a 2-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 26 and rookie Jean-Sebastian Aubin stopped 18 in a scoreless tie against the Bruins on Nov. 7.
Phoenix 4, Tampa Bay 1--Keith Tkachuk had a goal and an assist at Phoenix to help the Coyotes extend their unbeaten streak to eight games.
The Coyotes, whose 8-2-2 start in the best in franchise history, are 6-0-2 since losing, 2-1, at Dallas on Oct. 22. They are six games over the .500 mark for the first time since Dec. 12, 1991.
Toronto 2, Ottawa 1--Kris King scored a short-handed goal early in the third period to lift the Maple Leafs at Toronto.
Washington 5, N.Y. Islanders 3--Andrei Nikolishin and James Black scored goals less than 2 1/2 minutes apart early in the second period during a four-goal spurt by the Capitals at Uniondale, N.Y.
Ken Klee, Brian Bellows and Adam Oates also scored for the Capitals, who are 7-0-1 against the Rangers since March 2, 1997, when they lost, 2-0.