Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Tomas Plekanec Scores in His 1,000th NHL Game, Canadiens Beat Red Wings 7-3

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Tomas Plekanec Scores in His 1,000th NHL Game, Canadiens Beat Red Wings 7-3

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Plekanec scores in his 1,000th NHL game, Habs beat Wings

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MONTREAL - It looked like Tomas Plekanec "drank from the fountain of youth" before Monday night's game.

That's how head coach Claude Julien described the veteran Plekanec, who scored in his 1,000th NHL game as the Montreal Canadiens easily defeated the visiting Detroit Red Wings 7-3.

Julien was also behind the bench for Plekanec's very first NHL game in 2003.

"There are all the reasons in the world for him to be happy about his 1,000th game," said Julien. "He was really skating well, he had lots of energy. You could see he was excited to play his 1,000th game and he wanted it to be a good memory for him.

"I was fortunate to coach him in his first year and I'm fortunate enough to still be around him for his 1,000th game. It's a privilege."

The 35-year-old Plekanec became the 324th player in NHL history, and the 13th active NHLer, to reach the 1,000-game plateau. The Czech native is the 12th Canadiens player to reach that milestone, joining an elite group that includes Jean Beliveau, Henri Richard and Larry Robinson.

The crowd showed their appreciation with a standing ovation in the first period.

"It was special," said Plekanec of the ovation. "I've been here for so long and I know the crowd is unbelievable here and I love to play here at the Bell Centre and they showed it again tonight.

"It was awesome of course. It feels great. I would never dream of something like that when I started here. It was a hell of a ride."

In storybook fashion, Plekanec became only the fourth Canadiens player to score in his 1,000th game.

After Jonathan Drouin opened the scoring for Montreal (3-1-1) on a penalty shot at 7:13 of the first, Plekanec made it 2-0 by shooting a puck on goal that Filip Hronek deflected past his own goalie at 16:56.

It was Plekanec's 233rd NHL goal, all in a Canadiens uniform. …

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