February 15, 1999
“The Great One” played just a single game in the Music City, but needed just the one to show Nashville what made him the most prolific scorer in hockey history.
In his final NHL season as a member of the New York Rangers, Wayne Gretzky assisted on five of his team’s seven goals to set a record for the most points and helpers by a Preds opponent. While the assist record has been tied and the points record has been broken since then, the sell-out crowd was awestruck by No. 99’s display of skill and anticipatory passing.
The NHL’s all-time leader in points, assists and goals set up Adam Graves at 5:10 to start the scoring, then Todd Harvey to round the first-period scoring out at 14:10. He pitched in two more helpers on goals by Graves and Kevin Stevens in the second, and finished off the contest with his 47th assist of the season on a Mathieu Schneider goal at 16:47 of the third.
Though the home team would fall by a 7-4 margin, the game was about more than simply wins and losses. On this night, Nashville hockey fans were in the presence of greatness.