Which instantly reminded me of Markus Mattsson. Mattsson is a long forgotten goaltender known for two trivia questions:
- On November 2, 1978, Mattsson, then with the WHA's Winnipeg Jets, surrendered Wayne Gretzky's first goal with the Edmonton Oilers.
- On January 28th, 1984, Mattsson, then with the Los Angeles Kings, held Wayne Gretzky pointless for the first time that season, ending Gretzky's 51 consecutive game point streak.
Gretzky returned from the injury and scored points in 20 out of the 22 remaining games. He finished that season with an unthinkable 87 goals, 118 assists and 205 points in 74 games. In the amazing 51 game scoring streak he registered 61 goals and 92 assists for 153 points!
By the way, the record of 51 consecutive games with a point could be considered to be even higher. Gretzky's 51 straight games was from the start of the 1983-84 season. But he ended the previous season with a 10 game point scoring streak. Shouldn't the record be considered 61 games?
Here is a few more interesting numbers from Gretzky's amazing streak and season:
- Twice Gretzky scored 8 points in a single game during the streak - 3 goals, 5 assists against New Jersey and 4 goals and 4 assists against Minnesota. He also had 7 points against Winnipeg, 6 against Quebec and 5 points on seven occasions (plus twice more after the streak ended).
- Gretzky barely extended the streak to 44 games. In that 44th game he scored an empty net goal with just two seconds left in the game. It was his only point of that night.
- Gretzky scored his 50th goal of the season in game 42. He had his 100th point in game 34!
- The Oilers went 1-5 and were outscored 38-19 in the six games Gretzky missed.
- The Oilers would win their first Stanley Cup that spring. Including playoff goals, Wayne Gretzky scored 100 goals that season.