Thursday, June 21, 2018
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Eight Oiler's magic number

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EDMONTON — Wayne Gretzky, Paul Coffey and … Sam Gagner?

The Oilers center matched a franchise record held by two of the NHL's all-time greats when he had eight points in an 8-4 victory over the Blackhawks late Thursday.

Gagner, who entered with five goals all season, had four goals and four assists, the first eight-point game in 23 years. He fell two points shy of tying the league mark for a game, set by the Maple Leafs' Darryl Sittler on Feb. 7, 1976.

"I didn't think I would ever be mentioned in the same breath as Gretzky or Coffey," said Gagner, 22, a 2007 first-round draft choice in his fifth season. "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."

Gretzky and Coffey contacted Gagner to congratulate him, said Gagner, the son of former player Dave Gagner.

"To get a text from someone like that, who is the best player of all time, it's something he didn't have to do," he said of Gretzky. "To take time out of his day to do that, it was really special for me, and it meant a lot."

His linemates, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, had four points each.

"I think it speaks volumes to how crazy getting eight points in a game in today's era is and how it just doesn't happen," Hall said.

Gagner got all his points in the second and third periods. He completed the hat trick at 6:25 in the third and got his final goal 8:06 after that. With hats having been thrown onto the ice earlier, one fan threw a shoe after the fourth goal.

"I was hoping that would be the end of it, because if he scored another one, we might have seen other paraphernalia that we didn't want to see," coach Tom Renney said, laughing.

game highlights: Jaroslav Halak stopped 21 shots for his fifth shutout of the season as the host Blues beat the Kings 1-0. Los Angeles began a six-game 11-day road trip. Its home, Staples Center, is preparing to host the Grammy Awards. … Defenseman Mark Eaton scored his first goal in more than two years 2:35 into overtime to give the Islanders a 2-1 win over the host Senators. Eaton, who missed significant time last season with a hip injury, had last scored Nov. 28, 2009, when he was with the Penguins. … Former Lightning Sean Bergenheim scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and the host Panthers beat the Jets 2-1 to increase their lead in the Southeast Division.

around the league: Devils forward Patrik Elias was fined $2,500, the maximum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement, for boarding Canadiens forward Mike Blunden on Thursday. Elias was penalized on the play.

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First Period1, Fla., Versteeg 20 (Samuelsson, Campbell), 15:46 (pp). PenaltiesBurmistrov, Wpg (slashing), 15:05; Bergenheim, Fla (roughing), 18:10.

Second Period2, Winnipeg, Little 12 (Ladd), 11:29. 3, Fla., Bergenheim 8 (Goc, Garrison), 14:27. PenaltiesBurmistrov, Wpg (boarding), 4:22; Thorburn, Wpg, major (fighting), 10:59; Barch, Fla, major (fighting), 10:59.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesEnstrom, Wpg (tripping), 13:22. Shots on GoalWinnipeg 6-8-7—21. Fla. 10-12-8—30. Power-play opportunitiesWinnipeg 0 of 1; Fla. 1 of 3. GoaliesWinnipeg, Mason 6-6-0 (30 shots-28 saves). Fla., Clemmensen 8-2-5 (21-20).

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First PeriodNone. PenaltiesNone.

Second Period1, St.L, Langenbrunner 4 (D'Agostini, Pietrangelo), 8:38. PenaltiesStoll, LA (slashing), 10:57; Polak, StL (tripping), 13:45.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalL.A. 6-8-8—22. St.L 12-13-8—33. Power-play opportunitiesL.A. 0 of 1; St.L 0 of 1. GoaliesL.A., Quick 22-13-9 (33 shots-32 saves). St.L, Halak 15-8-5 (22-22).

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First PeriodNone. PenaltiesKonopka, Ott (hooking), 10:26.

Second Period1, Ottawa, Smith 13 (Condra, Gonchar), 19:47 (sh). PenaltiesOkposo, NYI (high-sticking), 7:25; Carkner, Ott (roughing), 18:07.

Third Period2, NYI, Martin 6 (Parenteau), 5:27. PenaltiesRakhshani, NYI (tripping), 9:30. Overtime3, NYI, Eaton 1 (Jurcina, Parenteau), 2:35. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalNYI 14-7-9-2—32. Ottawa 8-9-6-1—24. Power-play opportunitiesNYI 0 of 2; Ottawa 0 of 2. GoaliesNYI, Nabokov 11-12-0 (24 shots-23 saves). Ottawa, Anderson 25-17-5 (32-30).

Late Thursday

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First Period1, Chi., Mayers 5 (Hjalmarsson, Kruger), 6:29. PenaltiesKeith, Chi (holding), 13:08; Chi. bench, served by Stalberg (too many men), 15:16; Eager, Edm (high-sticking), 17:52.

Second Period2, Chi., Sharp 21 (Kane), :40. 3, Edm, Hall 18 (Gagner), 2:22. 4, Edm, Gagner 6 (Eberle, Sutton), 7:26. 5, Edm, Whitney 1 (Gagner), 12:23 (pp). 6, Chi., Sharp 22 (J.Toews, Hjalmarsson), 15:33 (sh). PenaltiesBickell, Chi (high-sticking), 2:40; Barker, Edm (boarding), 8:02; Bickell, Chi (boarding), 10:31; Seabrook, Chi (tripping), 14:25; Smid, Edm (cross-checking), 18:26.

Third Period7, Edm, Gagner 7 (Whitney, Eberle), 1:54. 8, Edm, Barker 2 (Sutton, Gagner), 3:43. 9, Chi., Bolland 16 (Kruger, Shaw), 5:57. 10, Edm, Gagner 8 (Hall, Potter), 6:25. 11, Edm, Gagner 9 (Eberle, Hall), 14:31. 12, Edm, Eberle 20 (Gagner, Hall), 16:15. PenaltiesKeith, Chi (delay of game), 6:56; Sharp, Chi (high-sticking), 9:52. Shots Chi. 14-14-19—47. Edm 9-13-19—41. Power-play opportunitiesChi. 0 of 3; Edm 1 of 7. GoaliesChi., Crawford 18-13-5 (28 shots-23 saves), Emery (3:43 third, 13-10). Edm, Dubnyk 9-11-1 (47-43).

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