51 Consecutive Games With a Point
When goaltender Rick DiPietro kept the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby off the scoresheet in a 2-1 Islanders shootout victory Dec. 29 2010, he snapped Crosby’s point-scoring streak at 25 games. So Crosby had to be content with the 11th-longest streak in NHL history. Impressive as that is, his run was less than half as long as that of the all-time leader Wayne Gretzky, who scored points in 51 consecutive games for the 1983-84 Edmonton Oilers.
Of Gretzky’s legion of records, this might be the most unbreakable. He scored in the season opener Oct. 5 and wasn’t stopped for nearly four months until his future team, the Los Angeles Kings, blanked him on Jan. 28. Perhaps most amazingly, Gretzky averaged nearly three points a game during that stretch, with 61 goals and 92 assists for 153 points.
Let’s put that in perspective: Had Gretzky totaled 153 points for the entire season, that would rank 15th on the all-time list - and nine of the better seasons were posted by Gretzky. He wound up with 205 points in 1983-84 - yet had three seasons better than that. Six years after Gretzky set the record, Mario Lemieux collected points in 46 straight games for the Penguins. No one else has ever gotten beyond 30.