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Thursday, November 3, 2005
Dionne Reaches 1,000 Points

By Larry Schwartz
Special to

January 7, 1981

Marcel Dionne, the Los Angeles Kings' shifty center, becomes the 13th player to score 1,000 points in NHL history. But nobody has ever done it faster.

The previous standard was 823 games, set by Phil Esposito. Tonight, against the Hartford Whalers, Dionne is playing in his 740th game. Point No. 999 comes on an assist, when his shot on a first-period power play is tipped in by Dave Taylor. The milestone point comes midway through the second period when his 10-foot wrist shot beats goalie John Garrett.

The goal is greeted by a prolonged standing ovation in the Forum from the crowd of 8,535. Among those attending is Magic Johnson, sitting in Jerry Buss' private box.

In the third period of the Kings' 5-3 victory, Dionne scores the 1,001st point of his 10-year career when he scores his 33rd goal of the season.