Posted February 03, 2012 on AP on Fox
Wayne Gretzky, Paul Coffey and ... Sam Gagner? The Edmonton Oilers forward matched a franchise record held by two of the NHL's all-time greats Thursday night when he had eight points in an 8-4 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Gagner, who entered with five goals all season, broke loose for four goals and four assists - the first eight-point game in the NHL since Pittsburgh star Mario Lemieux did it on Dec. 31, 1988, against New Jersey. Gagner fell two points shy of tying the league mark, set by Toronto's Darryl Sittler on Feb. 7, 1976. ''I didn't think I would ever be mentioned in the same breath as Gretzky or Coffey,'' said the 22-year-old Gagner, selected all three stars of the game. ''You never expect to do something like this. ''It's a great lesson to never set limits. The great players who played here never did that. It was just one of those games where everything went in and just a great feeling.'' Taylor Hall, Ryan Whitney, Jordan Eberle and Cam Barker had the other ...
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