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Smyth, Hejduk score milestone goals

RYAN Smyth and Milan Hejduk teamed up to make a little history.

Within minutes of each other, the Colorado Avalanche forwards scored their 300th career goals in a 6-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Sunday in Denver, Colorado. They became just the second set of players in NHL history to reach the milestone in the same game.

"It definitely was a special night," Hejduk said. "It's something I'll remember for the rest of my life."

Ditto for Smyth, only too happy to split the spotlight with his teammate.

"It's an honor to share it with Milan," Smyth said. "It's obviously special to not only play in this game, but to score that many goals is a great feeling."

Danny Gare and Ivan Boldirev of the Detroit Red Wings are the only other duo to reach the milestone in the same game, each scoring No. 300 on February 26, 1983, against the New York Islanders.

"Anytime guys score 300 goals in this league, hats off to them," said Flames forward Michael Cammalleri, whose second-period goal gave him 20 for the season. "I just wish it wasn't against us."

Hejduk also became only the fourth player in franchise history to reach 300 goals, joining Joe?Sakic (625), Michel Goulet (456) and Peter Stastny (380). Hejduk has spent his entire career with Colorado.

He thought 300 was a big number - then he started thinking about how many Sakic has scored.

"If you look at Joe's numbers, it's nothing," Hejduk said, grinning.

Smyth has scored 30 of his goals with Colorado, five with the New York Islanders and 265 while a member of the Edmonton Oilers.

Coincidentally, Smyth's first goal also came against Calgary.

"I have to give it all to my teammates over the years who I've played with and obviously this team here," Smyth said.

The boisterous crowd gave each player a rousing ovation.

After the game, they shook hands with teammates and signed sticks to mark the occasion.

In other games, it was: Penguins 3, Rangers 0; Blue Jackets 6, Canucks 5, SO; and Oilers 6, Coyotes 3.

In Pittsburgh, Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 33 shots, Petr Sykora had a goal and an assist and Pittsburgh beat the New York Rangers in Sidney Crosby's return to the lineup.

Crosby was back after sitting out Friday night because of an apparent knee injury. He missed a penalty shot in the second period and his five-game scoring streak ended. Crosby was hurt on Wednesday against Washington.

Fleury posted his second shutout of the season and 13th of his career. Chris Minard and Tyler Kennedy also scored for Pittsburgh.

The Penguins have won three of four games to move back into playoff position in the Eastern Conference.

In Vancouver, British Columbia, Columbus captain Rick Nash had a goal and two assists in regulation and scored the winning shootout goal in his first game after missing four because of a knee injury as the Blue Jackets beat the Canucks.

In Edmonton, Alberta, Ethan Moreau scored three goals for Edmonton as the Oilers defeated Phoenix.


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