Edmonton's Sam Gagner had a hand in all 8 Oilers' goals, with 4 goals and 4 assists, tying the Oilers' franchise record for points in a game, done once before by Paul Coffey and twice by Wayne Gretzky. Gagner is the 1st player with 8 points in an NHL game since Mario Lemieux on New Year's Eve in 1988. Gagner entered the game with just 5 goals in 43 games this season. It's his 2nd career hat trick. His previous high for points in a game was 4.
From the Elias Sports Bureau: Sam Gagner had 4 goals and 4 assists in the Oilers’ 8-4 victory. Gagner is only the 2nd player in NHL history to record a point on every one of his team’s goals in a game in which his team scored at least 8 times. Mario Lemieux scored 5 goals and had 3 helpers in an 8-6 win for the Penguins over the Devils on December 31, 1988.
Most Points in Single Game - NHL Since 1987-88 Season
Sam Gagner 8 Thursday
Mario Lemieux 8 Dec. 31, 1988
Bernie Nicholls 8 Dec. 1, 1988
Mario Lemieux 8 Oct. 15, 1988
Most Points in a Game - Oilers Franchise History
Thursday: Sam Gagner >>8
March 1986: Paul Coffey 8
Jan. 1984: Wayne Gretzky 8
Nov. 1983: Wayne Gretzky 8
>>1st 8-point game in NHL since Mario Lemieux in December 1988