Jacques Lemaire insists he did not know he was only 12 victories short of 600 when he retired after last spring's playoffs.

"I didn't know I was that close. Maybe I would've come back before," Lemaire joked after No. 600 entered the books with Thursday night's 2-1 overtime victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

So is it a milestone he will cherish?

"Not really. The coach is always as good as the players are," Lemaire said. "I've been fortunate to work with good people throughout my career."

He became the eighth coach in NHL history to win 600 games.

He joined Sctty Bowman (1,244), Al Arbour (782), Dick Irvin Sr. (692), Pat Quinn (684), Mike Keenan (672), Bryan Murray (620) and Ron Wilson (605).