Sam Gagner's Big Night and Some Historical Facts

I was watching the Hawks-Oilers game on Thursday night, half-asleep, but managed to get through the game, and oh what a game it was. Sam Gagner tied a franchise record that had been untouched for nearly 26 years. Here’s the rundown...

Jamal Mayers opens up the scoring for the Hawks 6:29 into the game, giving Chicago a 1-0 lead. Just 40 seconds into the second period, Patrick Sharp, who recently returned from an injury, makes it 2-0. Nearly 2 minutes later, Taylor Hall puts the Oilers on the board, with Sam Gagner getting the lone assist. That makes it 2-1 Hawks. Just over 5 minutes later, Gagner gets his second point of the night (and first goal) to tie the game 2-2. Just under 5 minutes later, Ryan Whitney gets his first goal of the year, with Gagner getting the lone assist, giving the Oilers their first lead of the night at 3-2. Chicago ties it up a little over 3 minutes later, a shorthanded goal by Sharp. 1:54 into the third, Gagner gets his second goal and fourth point of the game, giving the Oilers the lead again, at 4-3. Less than 2 minutes later, Cam Barker haunts his former Blackhawks mates and Gagner factors in on the secondary assist (Andy Sutton with the primary assist) to make it 5-3 Oilers. Dave Bolland makes it a game at 5:57, the score now 5-4. Less than 30 seconds later, Gagner fires home a hat trick with a primary assist by Hall. It’s 6-4 Oilers. Corey Potter got the secondary assist on that goal. At 14:31, Gagner gets his fourth goal and seventh point of the game to make it 7-4. Assists to Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall. At 16:15, Eberle gets his fourth point of the night, scoring from Sam Gagner (fourth assist, eight point) and Taylor Hall (third assist, fourth point) to make it 8-4 Oilers. The crowd was clamoring for Gagner to make it nine points, but with time running out, he sat on the bench and basked in the glory of being a part of Edmonton Oilers history. The final score was Oilers 8 Blackhawks 4. Gagner picked up the first, second, AND third stars of the game.

The top point-getters for the game were: Sam Gagner at 8 points (4 goals, 4 assists), Taylor Hall at 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists), and Jordan Eberle at 4 points (1 goal 3 assists).

And here’s a breakdown of the other players who have recorded 8 points or more in a single game:

• Darryl Sittler for the Toronto Maple Leafs on February 7, 1976: 10 points (6 goals, 4 assists) in a 11-4 win over the Boston Bruins (at Maple Leaf Gardens)

• Maurice Richard for the Montreal Canadiens on December 28, 1944: 8 points (5 goals, 3 assists) in a 9-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings (at the Montreal Forum)

• Bert Olmstead for the Montreal Canadiens on January 9, 1954: 8 points (4 goals, 4 assists) in a 12- win over the Chicago Black Hawks (at the Montreal Forum)

• Tom Bladon for the Philadelphia Flyers on December 11, 1977: 8 points (4 goals, 4 assists) in a 11-1 win over the Cleveland Barons (at the Philadelphia Spectrum)

• Bryan Trottier for the New York Islanders on December 23, 1978: 8 points (5 goals, 3 assists) in a 9-4 win over the New York Rangers (at Nassau Coliseum)

• Peter Stastny for the Quebec Nordiques on February 22, 1981: 8 points (4 goals, 4 assists) in a 11-7 win over the Washington Capitals (at the Capital Center)

• Anton Stastny for the Quebec Nordiques on February 22, 1981: 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists) in a 11-7 win over the Washington Capitals (at the Capital Center)

• Wayne Gretzky for the Edmonton Oilers on November 19, 1983: 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists) in a 13-4 win over the New Jersey Devils (at Northlands Coliseum)

• Wayne Gretzky for the Edmonton Oilers on January 4, 1984: 8 points (4 goals, 4 assists) in a 12-8 win over the Minnesota North Stars (at Northlands Coliseum)

• Paul Coffey for the Edmonton Oilers on March 14, 1986: 8 points (2 goals, 6 assists) in a 12-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings (at Northlands Coliseum)

• Mario Lemieux for the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 15, 1988: 8 points (2 goals, 6 assists) in a 9-2 win over the St. Louis Blues (at the Civic Arena)

• Bernie Nicholls for the Los Angeles Kings on December 1, 1988: 8 points (2 goals, 6 assists) in a 9-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs (at the Los Angeles Forum)

• Mario Lemieux for the Pittsburgh Penguins on December 31, 1988: 8 points (5 goals, 3 assists) in a 8-6 win over the New Jersey Devils (at the Civic Arena)

The Stastny brothers (mentioned above) are the only players to record 8 points in a single road game, and they both did it in the same game. And a note about the November 19, 1983 game: Wayne Gretzky later called the New Jersey Devils a “Mickey Mouse Organization”.

EDIT: I just ran through the similar feats in the playoffs. Here are the two games featuring two players who recorded 8-point games there:

• Patrik Sundstrom for the New Jersey Devils on April 22, 1988: 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists) in a 10-4 win over the Washington Capitals (at the Brendan Byrne Arena)

• Mario Lemieux for the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 25, 1989: 8 points (5 goals, 3 assists) in a 10-7 win over the Philadelphia Flyers (at the Civic Arena) (Author's note: I have that particular game on DVD.)