The Great One scores in game 51

On January 27, 1984, Edmonton Oiler’s Wayne Gretzky netted the last goal in his 51-game scoring streak in a 3-3 tie with the New Jersey Devils.

Gretzky scored 61 goals and had 92 assists in the first 51 games of the season. He finished the season with 87 goals, 118 assists and only 39 penalty minutes. The Great One totaled 205 points at the end of the season, Paul Coffey was second with 126 and third was Michel Goulet with 121.

Video from Rousczar on YouTube

A hard, but clean, hit dealt by Los Angeles King’s Dave Taylor a week before Gretzky’s streak ended, cut record short. The Great One suffered a shoulder bruise but fought through the pain, at times playing with one arm.

After failing to get the puck past goalie King’s Markus Mattsson in what could have been game 52, a 4-2 loss, Gretzky sat on the bench for six games, allowing himself to heal.

Gretzky, 30 years later, remains atop the podium for most consecutive NHL games with a goal. The record is regarded to be one of the least likely to be broken in the sporting world, alongside the likes of Wilt Chamberlain (basketball) who scored 100 points in one game.

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