MESSIER REACHES 1,851 MILESTONE; PASSES HOWE
November 4, 2003 marked another magical
Madison Square Garden night for Mark Messier.
The Blueshirt captain tallied a pair of goals to
lead the Rangers to a 3-0 win over the Dallas
Stars, while moving past Gordie Howe into sole
possession of second place on the NHL's all-time
points list.

Messier tied Howe at 1,850 with his second period tally
and sealed the shutout with a shorthanded empty-netter
with five seconds remaining in the game to slide into
the illustrious #2 spot with his 1,851st point.

"I have a tremendous amount of respect for Gordie
(Howe)," Messier said after the game. "I guess to put
myself in a position to pass him, I think it's just due
to longevity, good fortune and tremendous people
around me and being able to play for a while and
individual statistics are going to accumulate. But
it wasn't something I set out to do."

"I definitely wanted to do it in this rink
(Madison Square Garden)," he added. "I think
you only have one opportunity to do things
like this and I wasn't going to jeopardize
anything not to do it at the home rink,
obviously, but to do it here is special for
me. On a personal note, the relationship
that I have had with this city, the
organization, the hockey fans, the
people - like I said, it's been a life -altering
experience for me.  Coming to New York in
the first place in 1991, and having an
opportunity to come back again, it's been a
real life experience for me."



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