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Golden Brett scores 50th goal in 49th game
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
Jan. 25, 1991
The Golden Brett accomplishes something his Hall of Fame father, the Golden Jet, never did. With two goals against the Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues right wing Brett Hull becomes just the third player in NHL history to score 50 in fewer than 50 games.
Both goals in Game No. 49 are on the same power play. The first, late in the second period, is against Tim Cheveldae and the milestone goal comes at 1:30 of the third period against rookie Dave Gagnon, who had entered the game at the start of the period and was making his NHL debut.
Wayne Gretzky beat the 50-game mark three times and Mario Lemieux once. Maurice Richard and Mike Bossy scored 50 goals in exactly 50 games.
"It's hard to explain how much it means to me," Hull says after the Blues' 9-4 victory in Detroit. "If you look at the guys who have done it, and the guys who haven't, it's pretty amazing company."
Hull will finish the season with 86 goals, a figure surpassed only by Gretzky (twice, 92 goals and 87).
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