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Gretzky vs. Gretzky in battle for Greatest NHL Moment

Two career highlights go head-to-head in third round; voting runs through Nov. 7 @NHLdotcom

In the battle to be named Greatest NHL Moment, Wayne Gretzky had to face off against Mario Lemieux in second-round voting, which concluded Tuesday.

In third-round voting, which began Wednesday, Gretzky faces an even more formidable opponent: himself.


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The Great One had three of his moments advance to the third round. Two of them -- scoring his 50th goal in his 39th game of the season on Dec. 30, 1981, and becoming the fastest player to 1,000 career points, which he did on Dec. 19, 1984 -- are going head to head.

His other moment, extending his point-scoring streak to 51 straight games on Jan 27, 1984, is up against Bobby Orr becoming the first defenseman to score 100 points in a season, which he did on March 15, 1970.

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 16 through two rounds of voting. The bracket is divided into four regions: Hart, Norris, Calder and Vezina.

Video: 1981: Wayne Gretzky scores 50 goals in 39 games

Gretzky scoring career goal No. 802 to pass Gordie Howe for the most in NHL history on March 23, 1994. was defeated by Lemieux scoring five goals five different ways on Dec. 31, 1988. In the third round, that Lemieux moment will face the New York Islanders winning their fourth straight Stanley Cup on May 17, 1983.

Perhaps the most intriguing third-round matchup is in the Norris Region, where Orr's iconic Stanley Cup-winning goal on May 10, 1970, is up against another legendary Bruins defenseman, Ray Bourque, being handed the Stanley Cup after winning it as a member of the Colorado Avalanche on June 9, 2001.

The other half of the Norris features Howe becoming the first player to score 1,000 points on Nov. 27, 1960, going up against Jacques Plante becoming the first goalie to wear a mask on Nov. 1, 1959.

Video: 1984: Wayne Gretzky is fastest to 1,000 points

To vote on third-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. 1-7 -- Round 3

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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