Wayne Gretzky reached another milestone by scoring his 700th goal and proceeded to score two more for his NHL-record 47th career hat trick in leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 6-3 victory over the New York Islanders last night in Uniondale, N.Y.
Gretzky, who already owns most of the NHL's scoring records, became the fourth player to reach the 700-goal plateau when, at 11:48 of the first period, he backhanded Brian Benning's pass past Glenn Healy for the game's first goal.
Gretzky joined Gordie Howe (801), Marcel Dionne (731) and Phil Esposito (717) as the NHL's only 700-goal scorers. Gretzky is the NHL's all-time leader in points (2,052) and assists (1,350). He leads the NHL scoring race this season with 73 points, including 25 goals.
After the Islanders tied the game on Pat LaFontaine's shorthanded goal at 3:28 of the second period, Gretzky needed less than four minutes to complete his hat trick. He beat Healy with a rising slap shot from the left circle at 5:09 and finished off a two-on-one with Tomas Sandstrom at 7:14 for a 3-1 lead.