On This Date 2/19/1977

Rod Gilbert becomes the first member of the New York Rangers to reach 1,000 career points. Gilbert’s 1,000th point comes on a goal in the middle of the second period, giving the Rangers a brief 2-1 lead. The New York Islanders would rally and spoil Gilbert’s night by trashing the Rangers 5-2 at Nassau Coliseum. Rod Gilbert would retire in 1978, finishing with 1,065 points, including 406 goals, both franchise records for the Rangers.

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