10th: Gretzky's only game in Nashville

Thursday, 02.14.2008 / 9:36 AM CT / 10th Anniversary
By Kevin Wilson  - Nashville Predators
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10th: Gretzky\'s only game in Nashville

February 15, 1999

“The Great One” played just a single game in the Music City, but needed just the one to show Nashville what made him the most prolific scorer in hockey history.

In his final NHL season as a member of the New York Rangers, Wayne Gretzky assisted on five of his team’s seven goals to set a record for the most points and helpers by a Preds opponent. While the assist record has been tied and the points record has been broken since then, the sell-out crowd was awestruck by No. 99’s display of skill and anticipatory passing. 

The NHL’s all-time leader in points, assists and goals set up Adam Graves at 5:10 to start the scoring, then Todd Harvey to round the first-period scoring out at 14:10. He pitched in two more helpers on goals by Graves and Kevin Stevens in the second, and finished off the contest with his 47th assist of the season on a Mathieu Schneider goal at 16:47 of the third. 

Though the home team would fall by a 7-4 margin, the game was about more than simply wins and losses. On this night, Nashville hockey fans were in the presence of greatness.

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