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Gretzky vs. Orr battle in second straight week for Greatest NHL Moment

All-time top scorer, legendary defenseman go head-to-head in fourth round; vote now through Nov. 14 @NHLdotcom

Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky never faced off against each other in an NHL game, but two of the greatest players in the history of the League are going head-to-head for the second straight week in the battle for Greatest NHL Moment.

Orr, considered by most as the greatest defenseman in NHL history, and Gretzky, the League's all-time leading scorer, are paired in one of the four remaining matchups to decide the League's top moment as determined by fan vote.


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The original bracket of 64 moments, as determined by a blue-ribbon panel consisting of broadcasters from NHL national rightsholders NBC Sports Group, NHL Network, Sportsnet and TVA, has been cut to eight through three rounds of voting. The bracket is divided into four regions: Hart, Norris, Calder and Vezina.

Gretzky's feat of scoring 50 goals in 39 games during the 1981-82 season is matched against Orr becoming the first defenseman to score 100 points, which he did with the Boston Bruins on March 15, 1970

Gretzky scoring his 50th goal in the Edmonton Oilers' 39th game of the season, on Dec. 30, 1981, advanced by defeating another one of his moments, becoming the fastest player to 1,000 points, which he did with Edmonton on Dec. 19, 1984.

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Orr advanced with a win over Gretzky getting a point in 51 straight games in 1983-84.

Orr's overtime goal that won the Stanley Cup for the Bruins on May 10, 1970 also reached the fourth round. It's matched against Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings becoming the first player with 1,000 points on Nov. 27, 1960.

Orr's iconic goal defeated Ray Bourque being handed the Stanley Cup by Joe Sakic after the Colorado Avalanche won Game 7 of the Final on June 9, 2001.

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Howe defeated Jacques Plante of the Montreal Canadiens becoming the first goaltender to wear a mask full-time on Nov. 1, 1959.

The other fourth-round matchups are Darryl Sittler's 10-point game for the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 7, 1976 against Mario Lemieux scoring goals in five different ways for the Pittsburgh Penguins on Dec. 31, 1988; and New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur becoming the NHL's all-time wins leader on March 17. 2009 against Teemu Selanne of the Winnipeg Jets setting the all-time rookie record with 76 goals in 1992-93; he broke Mike Bossy's mark on March 2, 1993.

To vote on fourth-round matchups, fans can visit They can join the conversation using the hashtag #NHLGreatestMoments. The fans' choice for the Greatest NHL Moment will be announced during the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic between the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa on Dec. 16.

Here are the voting dates:

Nov. 8-14 -- Round 4

Nov. 15-21 -- Semifinals

Nov. 22-28 -- Final

Dec. 16 -- Greatest NHL Moment announced at 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic

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