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Wayne Gretzky on Taylor Hall: ‘Records are so made to be broken’

Oct 18, 2013, 1:55 AM EDT

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Wayne Gretzky has responded to Taylor Hall breaking The Great One’s record for the fastest two goals by an Edmonton Oilers player.

Hall scored twice in the span of just eight seconds Thursday night against the New York Islanders, setting the new record.(Click here to see the videos)

It had previously been held by Gretzky, who scored twice in nine seconds back on February 18, 1981.

“That is so cool, good for him, he’s a great kid. Records are so made to be broken, it’s good for the game,” Gretzky told Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com.

“If Kevin Lowe would have got me the puck quicker it would have been 7 seconds!”

  1. rainyday56 - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Did the Oilers win? Sorry…couldn’t resist

    • hubeydubeydoo11 - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:44 AM

      someone had to say it

  2. saintsredwings - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    The 80’S are all this franchise has and continues to live by those same players. Oilers ownership needs to get rid of these guys in mgmt. Oilers will not get anywhere with Kevin Lowe & Craig McTavish

  3. nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 18, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    Gretzky’s single-game records are within reach of mere mortals having a hot game (Sam Gagner tied one with an 8 point game in 2012). His single-season and career records will last a long time. Example: 99 had 163 assists one season. In the last full NHL season, the top 5 Oilers totaled 158.

  4. canucks30 - Oct 18, 2013 at 6:48 AM

    Meh. When Taylor Hall scores 200+ points in a season, 50 goals in 39 games, or 800+ career goals then let’s talk.

    • rtookey - Oct 18, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      As it turns out, goalies (aside from Dubnyk) know how to save the puck now. Getting 200pts in a season will never happen again.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        I’m not sure if the goalies are better now; I’ll vote maybe on that. They certainly wear much bulkier gear now, leaving less space for the puck to get through. I suspect the average size of NHL goalies is a bit larger too. Not many are 5-feet-9 like in the 1980s.

  5. malvaren18 - Oct 18, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Hall got lucky, Gretzky is the best player ever to have put on skates, Hall is just average at most.

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