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Laine views Selanne's 76-goal rookie record as unbreakable

Jets forward believes it will be hard for anyone to come close to mark, which is in running for Greatest NHL Moment

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / Staff Writer

WINNIPEG -- Winnipeg Jets forward Patrik Laine says he can't fathom how Teemu Selanne scored an NHL rookie-record 76 goals with the Jets in 1992-93.

"I think for sure that's going to be a record that no one will ever break," Laine said. "It's for sure. If you score 76 during the regular season, not even as a rookie, that would be huge. So 76 goals, that was just a lot of goals and a record nobody will ever break."


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Selanne's 132 points from that season also set an NHL rookie record.

The Finnish Flash's hat trick against the Quebec Nordiques on March 2, 1993 put him at 54 goals on the season, breaking the NHL rookie record Mike Bossy set with the New York Islanders in 1977-78. It's one of four moments that have reached the semifinal round of the Greatest NHL Moments Presented by Coors Light and Pepsi Zero Sugar.

The original bracket of 64 moments was determined by a panel consisting of broadcasters from NHL national rightsholders NBC Sports Group, NHL Network, Sportsnet and TVA.

Selanne's record-breaking game on his way to a 76-goal season is up against Bobby Orr's iconic overtime goal for the Boston Bruins that won the Stanley Cup on May 15, 1970 in the semifinal round. The other matchup is Wayne Gretzky scoring 50 goals in 39 games in the 1981-82 season against Mario Lemieux scoring five goals five different ways Dec. 31, 1988. Fans can vote in the semifinal round

Video: Greatest NHL Moments: Orr vs. Selanne

The semifinal voting closes Nov. 21. Voting in the final round will take place Nov. 22-28. The Greatest NHL Moment will be announced during the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic between the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa on Dec. 16 (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports, NHL.TV).

Laine, the No. 2 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft who scored 36 goals as a rookie last season, tried to imagine what it would have taken to duplicate Selanne's production in his first season.

"Thirty-six, that was hard," Laine said. "So imagine if I had to score 40 more on top of the 36 I scored. I would say it's pretty hard."

Laine, 19, had 64 points (36 goals, 28 assists) in 73 games last season and finished second to Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews, who had 40 goals, in voting for the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year.

This season Laine has 13 points (nine goals, four assists) in 17 games.

"He [Selanne] was just a damn good player and the 76 tells you that," Laine said.

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