It was 4-2 in the 3rd period of last night's game and we were on a 5 on 3 man advantage. I wasn't thinking much except let's put one in and seal the much needed victory. The puck went back to the point to Gonchar, then down to Kovalev, who proceeded to make an amazing cross crease pass to Alfie for the tap in goal that was caught by the camera in the picture above.
At the time I was thinking, wow what a pass, only the enigma himself could have made that one. It didn't occur to me at the time that I may have witnessed some obscure NHL history (fast forward to around 2:20). When I woke up today, I had an email waiting for me from a reader, who brought to my attention that Alfie, Kovalev and Gonchar (as of last night) have all played 1000+ games in the NHL. They of course were the goal scorer and the 2 guys who got the assists.
It got me wondering, has that ever happened before? As I am writing this, there has currently only been 251 players that have hit the 1000 games pleateau in their careers, which is not many considering the thousands and thousands of guys who have laced them up over the years. So what are the odds that 3 of them would be on the same team, let alone all get points on one play.
It seems very unlikely to me that this has ever happened before, so if anyone can think of another trio who did this let me know. If last night was the first time as I believe it was, then it was a small slice of NHL history I was lucky enough to witness in person at Scotiabank Place.
Either way, it was a pretty cool accomplishment for 3 veteran guys.