Sunday, December 30, 2001
Mike Bossy quickest to reach 500-goal plateau
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
Jan. 2, 1986
Nobody in the NHL has a quicker shot than Mike Bossy. That ability has accounted for many of his goals and is the primary factor for the New York Islanders right wing becoming the fastest player to reach 500.
In a 7-5 victory over the Boston Bruins at Nassau Coliseum, Bossy scores No. 499, characteristically off a feed from Bryan Trottier. His longtime center slips a pass to Bossy at the bottom edge of the right faceoff circle, and Bossy's wrist shot beats Boston goalie Doug Keans with 2:22 left in the third period to break a 5-5 tie.
Bossy doesn't have to wait long for his milestone goal, scoring into an empty net with 17 seconds remaining. He is the 11th player to score 500. By doing it in 647 games in his 8½ seasons, he performs the accomplishment faster than any other player in the NHL's 69-year history.