Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/30/11 at 05:26 PM ET
from Bruce McCurdy of The Cult Of Hockey,
Of all the records, the most spectacular run had to be earlier in that 1981-82 season when Gretzky challenged and ultimately demolished the most fabled record in hockey, Rocket Richard’s 50 goals in 50 games. The previous season the great Mike Bossy had equalled Richard’s mark which had stood unchallenged for 35 seasons.
It was clear in the fall of ’81 that Gretzky had the mark in his sights. After a run of 7 goals in 7 periods in late November, including his second four-goal game of the season, Gretzky reached 31 goals early in Game 26. For the rest of that game and the next four Gretzky slumped, scoring nary a goal — albeit with 13 (!!) assists — to fall to just 1 goal ahead of the goal-a-game pace. In the next four games he remained there, scoring exactly one goal in each and reaching 35 goals in 34 games as the Oilers began a five game Christmas home stand. It looked like it would be nip and tuck for several more weeks, maybe until Games 49 and 50 in late January.
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