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Sharks centre Jeremy Roenick reacts after scoring his 500th career goal against the Phoenix Coyotes. ((Eric Risberg/Associated Press))

San Jose Sharks centre Jeremy Roenick scored his 500th NHL goal at 6:35 of the second period against the Phoenix Coyotes, his former team, in San Jose on Saturday night.

Roenick slapped a shot toward the Coyotes net that appeared to be stopped by goalie Alex Auld, but the puck dribbled free and slid across the line, giving the Sharks a 2-1 lead.

Roenick raised his hands and yelled as soon as the referee signalled the goal. He was immediately mobbed by his teammates.

The game was delayed a few minutes as Roenick skated in front of the Sharks' bench with the puck raised above his head. He pointed into the stands as the crowd gave him an extended standing ovation.

Even a few Coyotes players joined in tapping their sticks.

Roenick became the third American-born player to reach 500 goals. The nine-time all-star ranks 40th in goals and 44th in points on the NHL career lists.