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Mikita joins NHL's 500-goal club
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
Feb. 27, 1977
Stalled at 499 goals for the past two games, Chicago center Stan Mikita wants to score his milestone 500th before the hometown fans. After tonight's game against Vancouver, the Blackhawks start a six-game road trip. Feeling edgy and "tight as a drum," Mikita arrives at Chicago Stadium at 3 p.m. "so I wouldn't be home yelling at my wife and kids."
With 6:04 left in the third period, it's 14,500 fans at the arena doing the yelling. The 18-year veteran has just scored No. 500, becoming the eighth NHL player to join the club, and receives a four minute and 40 second ovation.
Mikita's goal is a beauty. He scissors between two Vancouver defenders and waits until goalie Cesare Maniago commits himself. When Maniago sprawls to the ice, Mikita lifts the puck over him with a backhander. It is Mikita's fifth - and final - shot on goal and comes on the 14th of his 16 shifts.
Mikita's only regret is that Chicago loses, 4-3.
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