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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Gretzky's record streak comes to an end
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
Jan. 28, 1984
In all 51 Edmonton Oilers games this season, Wayne Gretzky had scored a point, breaking his own NHL record by an astounding 21 games. But tonight, the sensational streak comes to an end, when The Great One is blanked by the Los Angeles Kings in Edmonton.
While Gretzky suffered a muscle injury to his right shoulder a week ago that has hampered him, he doesn't offer it as an excuse. "I can still slap the puck because I don't have to move my shoulder, but if I have to pass it bothers me," says the 23-year-old center. "I thought about not playing, but I didn't want the streak to end with me in the stands."
In the Oilers' 4-2 loss, Gretzky plays most of the last five minutes in an attempt to keep alive the streak. His fourth and final shot - with two seconds left - is stopped by goalie Markus Mattsson, who is playing only his second game with the Kings since being recalled from the minors eight days ago.
In his 51-game streak, Gretzky had scored 61 goals and 92 assists for 153 points. Counting the last nine regular-season games last season, Gretzky had scored in 60 consecutive regular-season games since being shut out on March 11.
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