Ice Hockey: The Elusive 545th

ICE HOCKEY

He could hardly be expected to remember the first goal he scored for the Detroit Red Wings. That was a dozen teeth, 300 stitches and 1,132 games ago, and in 18 seasons, Gordie Howe, 35, has flicked more pucks at National Hockey League goals than anybody who ever lived. But Gordie will have no trouble remembering his 545th goal. It was the most difficult he ever scored.

Remember Roger Maris' 61st home run—the bitter frustration and the agonizing suspense until he finally connected? So it was for Howe last week. Back on...

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