Robitaille scores 500th

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Luc Robitaille became only the 27th player in NHL history to score 500 goals. Robitaille had two goals as the Los Angeles Kings extended their winning streak to five games by beating the Buffalo Sabres 4-2.
NHL players with 500 or more goals
1.x-Wayne Gretzky, Edm-Los-Stl-Nyr891
2.Gordie Howe, Det-Har801
3.Marcel Dionne, Det-Los-Nyr731
4.Phil Esposito, Chi-Bos-Nyr717
5.Mike Gartner, Was-Min-Nyr-Tor-Pho708
6.Mario Lemieux, Pit613
7.Bobby Hull, Chi-Win-Har610
8.x-Mark Messier, Edm-Nyr-Van608
9.Dino Ciccarelli, Min-Was-Det-Tam-Fla607
10.Jari Kurri, Edm-Los-Nyr-Ana-Col601
11.x-Steve Yzerman, Det579
12.Mike Bossy, Nyi573
13.x-Brett Hull, Cgy-Stl-Dal568
14.Guy Lafleur, Mon-Nyr-Que560
15.John Bucyk, Det-Bos556
16.Michel Goulet, Que-Chi548
17.Maurice Richard, Mon544
18.Stan Mikita, Chi541
19.Frank Mahovlich, Det-Tor-Mon533
20.x-Dave Andreychuk, Buf-Tor-Njd528
21.Bryan Trottier, Nyi-Pit524
22.Dale Hawerchuk, Win-Buf-Stl-Phi518
23.Gil Perreault, Buf512
24.Jean Beliveau, Mon507
25.Joe Mullen, Stl-Cgy-Pit-Bos-Pit502
26.x-Luc Robitaille, Los-Pit-Nyr-Los500
tie.Lanny McDonald, Tor-Col-Cgy500
"It doesn't mean anything if I stop there," Robitaille said. "I had a dream just to make the NHL. I never thought I'd get here. I love to play this game. I feel I'm lucky to be in the NHL every day and I'll never take it for granted."

Robitaille took a pass from Pavel Rosa on the left side of the net and flipped the puck in to beat Buffalo goalie Dwayne Roloson, who was sprawled on his stomach, for number 500.

I knew I would reach 500 sometime," Robitaille said. "It's been fun. I know that lately I've been a little busier, but I think maybe the team has gotten more attention too."

The goal put Robitaille with Wayne Gretzky, Marcel Dionne and Jari Kurri as players who scored their 500th goal with the Kings.

"A lot of people don't give him enough credit for how much he's worked on his skating. That was his knock," said Kings coach Larry Robinson. "You don't get 500 goals from being lucky."

The game stopped momentarily as the rest of the Kings hugged their assistant captain, who's in his 13th NHL season and 10th with the Kings. Fans held up signs boasting of Robitaille's accomplishment, including one that read "Luc 500. We love you."

"You always like to see history made, but you don't like to be the ones watching it on the other team," said Buffalo's Michael Peca. "But hats off to Luc. He's had a great career."

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