"I don't think words can describe the emotion that I felt, and the feeling that I had," Gretzky said. "I was pretty tickled. It was a pretty fun moment."
Gretzky, playing for the Los Angeles Kings at the time, took a cross-ice pass from Marty McSorely before scoring the goal. Gretzky and McSorely were longtime teammates with the Edmonton Oilers before teaming up in Los Angeles.
Howe, who retired in 1980, scored 801 goals in 1,767 games over 26 seasons. Gretzky set the record playing in his 1,117th game and 15th season.
I don't think today was my most solid game that I've had, some rebounds here and there. I know there's a lot of work to do, not every game is going to go as good as these last few. I've just got to make sure I keep working and keep trying to get better.
— Los Angeles Kings goaltender Martin Jones after stopping 38 of 39 shots in a 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs