A scoring oddity in Colorado

Something a little odd to ponder …

There have been 166 players in NHL history to score 300 career goals. Ryan Smyth and Milan Hejduk of the Colorado Avalanche were the latest to reach that milestone on Sunday night in a 6-2 win over the Calgary Flames.

Smyth’s short-handed goal with 7 minutes to play in the second period gave the Avs a 3-1 lead. Not to be outdone, Hejduk scored on the power play less than 5 minutes later.

“Pretty cool to get it on the same night,'' Avalanche coach Tony Granato said of the linemates. “It's a pretty incredible feat, both those guys should be very excited and proud to have done that together.''

In fact, it’s just the second time teammates reached the 300-goal mark in the same game.

On Feb. 26, 1983, Danny Gare and Ivan Boldirev of the Detroit Red Wings each recorded their 300th goal in a 5-3 win over the New York Islanders.

A two-time 50-goal scorer, Gare finished with 354 over 13 seasons while also playing with the Buffalo Sabres and Edmonton Oilers before retiring in 1987. Boldirev reached 20 goals 10 times while suiting up for six teams in a 15-year career that ended in 1985 with his 361st marker.

The last teammates to notch their 300th goals in the same season was Bobby Holik and Slava Kozlov with the Atlanta Thrashers in 2006-07.

Before this season ends, five more players could become 300-goal scorers: Pavol Demitra (294) of the Vancouver Canucks, Brian Rolston (294) of the New Jersey Devils, Ray Whitney (293) of the Carolina Hurricanes, Vincent Lecavalier (292) of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Petr Sykora (292) of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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