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07-28-2012, 04:07 PM
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Originally Posted by ChuckW View Post
Season ......................... Gretzky Goals.......Bossy Goals
78-79 .................................. 43 ................ 53
79-80 .................................. 51 ................ 69
80-81 .................................. 55 ................ 51
81-82 .................................. 92 ................ 68
82-83 .................................. 71 ................ 64
83-84 .................................. 87 ................ 60
84-85 .................................. 73 ................ 58
85-86 .................................. 52 ................ 61
TOTAL GOALS....................... 524 .............. 484
GAMES PLAYED.......................625 .............. 616
GPG ....................................0.83 ............. 0.79

Does anyone else hold up to Gretzky's stats that well, including beating him in goals scored during 3 of Gretzky's 10 best seasons?

If you watched a random game during these years, you'd have an 83% chance of seeing Gretzky score a goal and a 79% chance of seeing Bossy score.
Yesterday they replayed the final game on NHLnetwork of the 1982 Stanley Cup finals, Islanders vs. Canucks and Bossy ironically did have a goal in that game. He scored off a rebound of a Potvin shot. Anyways, the announcer was talking and said (paraphrasing): "In my opinion, Mike Bossy could be the best goal scorer ever... people might say Bobby Hull, Gordie Howe, or Rocket Richard but Bossy can score in so many different ways" or something like that. But I do think the announcers were highly biased towards the Islanders.

Either way, with that goal by Bossy that gave him 17 goals in 19 playoff games and the Conn Smythe.

Check out from 1980-1983 playoffs:
Mike Bossy
1980-81: 18 games, 17 goals, 18 assists, 35 points
1981-82: 19 games, 17 goals, 10 assists, 27 points
1982-83: 19 games, 17 goals, 9 assists, 26 points

Lead the NHL playoffs in goals 3 straight years while winning the Cup those years. Gretzky only score 17 or more goals 1 time in the playoffs when he scored 17 goals in 1985-86. Certainly he was a better playmaker and racked up way more assists but if we are talking about straight goal scoring I think they are comparable. Career wise in the playoffs, Mike Bossy scored .659 goals per game, while Gretzky scored .587 goal per game pace.

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