Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:18 am
Edited on: February 3, 2012 12:55 am
By: Adam Gretz
Oilers forward Sam Gagner had the game of his life on Thursday night during Edmonton's 8-4 win against the Chicago Blackhawks, having a hand in every single goal his team scored.
Gagner scored four of the goals himself, assisted on the other four, and became the first player in the NHL this season to record eight points in a game (and only the 14th of all time, including playoffs) and the first since Mario Lemieux did it all the way back in the 1989 playoffs (that was also infamous Ron Hextall-Rob Brown game).
The last regular season eight-point performance came on December 31, 1988, also by Lemieux, which was the night he scored five goals, five different ways.
The NHL record still belongs to Darryl Sittler with 10 points on February 7, 1976.
Prior to Thursday, the most points scored in an NHL game this season was five, which had been done by five other players: Evgeni Malkin (twice), Lars Eller, Jonathan Toews, Brad Marchand and Gagner's Edmonton teammate, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
Throughout his five-year career the 22-year-old forward tallied more than three points in a single game just once, finishing with a four-point night back in March of 2009 in a game against the Colorado Avalanche.
A few more quick notes to add to the absurdity of his performance:
-- Entering their game on Thursday, there were 10 players on the Oilers roster that had appeared in at least 15 games this season and did not have eight points ... for the entire season.
-- Of the 834 skaters that have appeared in an NHL game this season, only 428 have at least eight points for the year.
-- His eight points tied a franchise record that is also held by Wayne Gretzky (twice) and Paul Coffey.
Pretty amazing performance, and it's also the second time this season the Oilers have blown out the Blackhawks, beating them 9-2 on Nov. 19, the night that Nugent-Hopkins had his five-point (all assists) performance.
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