Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky, getting two short-handed goals and two assists in a 7-2 victory over Calgary, tonight became the first NHL player to score 200 points in a season.
Gretzky, who entered the game with 199 points, passed 200 with first-period assists on goals by Pat Hughes and Dave Semenko, then got short-handed goals 27 seconds apart in the middle period to raise his season goal total to 90. He thus finished the game with 203 points.
Of the 200th point, Gretzky said, "I'm happy it's finally over, not only for myself but because my parents were here to see it and they are going home tomorrow."
Gretzky, a center, outraced Calgary center Mel Bridgman to the puck in the Flames' zone and dumped it out in front of the net to Hughes, who sent a 20-foot slap shot past goalie Rejean Lemelin at 9:16 to put the Oilers in front, 1-0.
Gretzky went over 200 with the Oilers holding a two-man advantage at 11:21, passing to Semenko at the side of the cage, where the left winger shoveled the puck past Lemelin.
Spectators gave Gretzky a brief standing ovation but, as the Flames had specified before the match, no special presentations were made.
Kent Nilsson got Calgary's first goal at 13:03 of the first period, scoring on a Pekka Rautakallio rebound during a power play. Nilsson returned the favor late in the second period, setting up Rautakallio in the slot for a 10-foot shot past Oilers' goalie Grant Fuhr.
With the Oilers leading, 2-1, in the second period and teammate Laurie Boschman serving a hooking penalty, Gretzky glanced a 40-foot slap shot on a partial breakaway off Lemelin's pads for his 89th goal of the season at 8:10. The 21-year-old hit No. 90 of the season, and his 203rd point, at 8:37, deking Lemelin on a breakaway and sliding a shot off the post into the Flames' net.
Gretzky has four games remaining in which to increase his record totals.