If the Chicago Blackhawks could name one arena that they are happy to be done visiting this season, it would most likely by the home of the Edmonton Oilers, Rexall Place. On November 19, 2011 they fell to the Oilers in that arena by a score of 9-2 and then on February 2 they dropped an 8-4 game there as well. Letting the home team rack up 17 goals against you is no one's idea of a good time.
While the Blackhawks were happy to have the final buzzer sound, one player, the Oilers Sam Gagner, most likely wished that the game could have continued for at least 20 more minutes.
Gagner entered the Thursday night game with five goals and 17 assists. After 60 minutes, he would leave the ice with his season stats reading nine goals and 21 assists. That’s right, Gagner racked up eight points over the course of 17:28 seconds of ice time.
The 22-year-old Gagner fell two points short of the NHL record 10 points in a game that Darryl Sittler put up on February 7, 1976, but his eight points were good enough to tie the team record. Gagner etched his name in the team record book next to Oilers’ legends Wayne Gretzky (who accomplished the feat twice) and Paul Coffey.
Gagner’s name had surfaced in trade speculation early in the season, but that was mostly due to the fact that the Oilers had a glut of centers. With Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on the shelf due to a shoulder injury, that talk has been quiet as of late.
Gagner is only the 11th player in NHL history to score eight points and the first since Mario Lemieux hit that milestone on New Year’s Eve in 1988.