WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Wayne Gretzky reached another milestone once thought unattainable by becoming the first National Hockey League player to score 2,000 points, as his first-period assist upstaged the Winnipeg Jets' 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings last night.
The 2,000th point came in Gretzky's 12th NHL season and 857th game. He needed only a little more than 10 seasons to accrue 1,851 points, breaking a record that Gordie Howe took 26 years and 1,767 games to establish.
Gretzky, who has 684 goals and 1,316 assists, doesn't turn 30 until Jan. 26.
Point No. 2,000 came 14 minutes, 32 seconds into the game, when Gretzky passed from his zone to Tony Granato, who sent Tomas Sandstrom in on a breakaway. Sandstrom faked Bob Essensa to the ice before slipping the puck between the goaltender's pads.