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Video: Gionta notches 20,000th goal in Canadiens’ franchise history

Mar 6, 2013, 12:32 AM EDT

The Montreal Canadiens fell to the New York Islanders 6-3 on Tuesday, but their last score was quite the franchise milestone. Brian Gionta‘s power-play marker was the 20,000th goal in team history.

Here’s video of the goal:

NHL Network trotted out a helpful infographic that listed the top goal scoring teams in NHL history:

Montreal: 20,000
Boston: 19,169
Toronto: 18,930
Detroit: 18,448
New York Rangers: 18,135

It’s hard to imagine any team surpassing the Habs on this list, at least as long as they exist. (The second place Bruins will take a few seasons to hit 20K, for one.)

Too bad it didn’t happen in Montreal, although from the sound of the crowd in Long Island, at least a few people sensed it was a special moment.

  1. nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 6, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    First, it appears that this 20,000 only counts their goals since joining the NHL in 1917. So you can add the 610 they scored from their founding in 1910 until then. So really, they are just a couple of seasons away from scoring No. 21,000. Now can some historian tell us who scored the very first Habs goal?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 6, 2013 at 2:30 AM

      Upon further Googling, it seems it may have been Newsy Lalonde in 1910.

  2. thehighcountrybear - Mar 6, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    And Guy Lafleur only scored 16,419 of the them…great pretender that he was!

  3. thehighcountrybear - Mar 6, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Thomas ‘Lucky Pierre’ Edison…?

  4. rtlemon21 - Mar 6, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    An American born player scoring the 20,000 goal of this franchise. Gotta love it!

    • steelpenbucs87 - Mar 6, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      Yeah I noticed the irony of that too – kind of funny.

      To be fair though can you imagine how many ‘landmark’ goals for US clubs have been scored by Canadians? Suffice to say we’re still a bit behind :)

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