“Gretzky is suffering from a disc protrusion in his cervical spine,” New York Rangers general manager Neil Smith said before Friday night’s game against Phoenix. “It is not a serious disc problem. Surgery is not even an issue at this time.

The NHL’s career scoring leader, who had played in 223 consecutive games, was told Friday by Dr. Patrick O’Leary to rest for 10 days and take anti-inflammatory medicine.

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