Sam Gagner's wild ride: Eight points versus Chicago
Sure, there was a hat trick on the way to a four-point night against Colorado in the 2008-09 season.
But nothing, nothing at all, in Oilers center Sam Gagner's recent run of form indicated that he would explode for eight points -- four goals and four assists -- against the Blackhawks on Thursday night in Edmonton.
It was the first eight-point game by a player in the NHL since 1989. Darryl Sittler holds the NHL record, scoring 10 points in 1976 with the Maple Leafs. One player hit the eight-point plateau while playing for the Kings: Bernie Nicholls in 1988.
Gagner was named the first, second and third star of the game. Here's the announcement on a nice clip on Youtube.com
Reviews started during Gagner's sensational performance and continued Friday morning on twitter: