26 years ago today, Wayne Gretzky became the NHL's all-time leading scorer.
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On Oct. 15, 1989, Wayne Gretzky scored two goals and an assist in his Los Angeles Kings’ 5-4 victory against the Edmonton Oilers.
It would seem like another normal outing for Gretzky, but on his game-tying goal, he accomplished a feat that no one will likely ever top again.
With the Kings down 4-3, Gretzky found himself open in front of the crease. The puck swooped across to his backhand, and with one quick motion, he flicked it in the back of the net, beating goaltender Bill Ranford.
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The goal was Gretzky’s 1,851st point in the NHL, one point greater than the iconic Gordie Howe, making Gretzky the all-time leader in points.