On This Date 2/27/1977

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Longtime Chicago Black Hawks center Stan Mikita becomes the eighth player in NHL history to reach the 500-goal milestone. Mikita’s 500th goal comes late in the third period when he beats Cesare Maniago with a backhand. The goal brings a four-minute standing ovation from the crowd at Chicago Stadium, but the goal comes in vain, as the Black Hawks suffer a 4-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.