WHERE WERE YOU?

Jason Gregor
February 02 2012 11:37PM

If you missed tonight's game you'll be kicking yourself for a long time. For all the struggles, losses, bad signings, injuries and long nights Oiler fans have had to endure for the past six years, a night like tonight makes it pretty damn exciting to be an Oiler fan, I would think.

EIGHT FREAKING POINTS.

If you weren't old enough to watch the Oilers in the 1980s, tonight gave you a sense of what it felt like numerous times every season. The game was freewheeling, end-to-end action and damn exciting. The building was electric and every Oiler player was happy to be a part of history.

In case you missed it, Sam Gagner had a game that Oiler fans haven't witnessed since March 14th 1986, when Paul Coffey tallied two goals and eight points in a 12-3 romp over the Red Wings. Wayne Gretzky had eight points twice. He tallied four goals and eight points on January 4th, 1984 in a 12-8 win v. Minnesota and he had three goals and eight points on November 19th, 1983 in a 13-4 win over New Jersey.

EIGHT FOR EIGHT

Gagner was in on all 8 Oiler goals. That will never happen again. Going 8 for 8 is seriously unbelievable. IT has only ever happened once before.

For one night, Tom Renney should be applauded for maybe the most genius in-game line juggling ever. He put Gagner, Hall and Eberle together to start the 2nd period.

Gagner had no points in the first period, three in the 2nd and he tied another Oiler record with Jari Kurri for most points in a period with 5 in the 3rd. Gagner, Taylor Hall and Jordon Eberle scored on five consecutive shifts in the third period they said. Think about that for a moment. You can't score on five straight shifts in men's league, nevermind the best league in the world.

Everyone of Gagner's teammates was absolutely loving it.

I haven't seen a dressing room that excited since the 2006 playoffs, and this was a different type of excitement. They knew they had just witnessed something they will never see again.

I'm sure you will witness some incredible things from Hall, Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in the future, but you will never see another 8 points on all 8 goals again. It won't happen.

"I won't be in the same breath as Gretzky or Coffey, if it is anything but this," said a humble Gagner. "Even before this you never expect to do something like this. It is a great lesson to never set limits. The great players that have played here before never did that, and I was never thinking about that tonight. I was just looking at continuing to play and we just kept scoring. It was crazy."

I asked Gagner what was the most memorable about tonight, and his response says a lot about the young man.

"The Gagner, Gagner chants from the fans were crazy. I've been through a lot in Edmonton. The last few years have been really hard, especially the losing, but the chants from the fans and the excitement from my teammates gave me chills."

Gagner was very sincere and heartfelt when he uttered those words. You could tell he was truly humbled by their reaction, and to be mentioned in the same breath as Gretzky.

His teammates were just as excited. Taylor Hall set a career-high with four points, but on this night it was all about the one you call Samwise.

"I feel like a bit of a pigeon with only four points tonight," laughed Hall. "It was a crazy night, and every time we got the puck we were in the offensive zone tonight, especially in the third period. The puck always seemed to be on Sam's stick and every time he made a great play with it. It was fun to see and I'm really happy I was able to be on the ice with him for all the goals. It's a real cool moment."

"I think Crosby had six points, maybe seven, yet we had eight or nine goals, but I've never seen eight for eight," said Ryan Whitney. Gagner was in on all of them, it was unbelievable. I'll never see that again, and I'm sure none of us will. It is just crazy," continued a shocked and excited Whitney.

What were the guys thinking on the bench?

Whitney ---- "I looked up when we got our fifth and it said two and three (goals and assists for Gagner.) I didn't know that, I thought he had four. Then he got the sixth point, and then we just started laughing in amazement. I was out with him for a few of them, and as he kept putting up more we just kept smiling and laughing. He didn't even know what to say, you could tell by his face that he didn't believe it. It was awesome."

Ryan Smyth ---- "There was talk on the bench that they scored on five straight shifts, so we were saying get back out there. Late in the game our line was up, but I looked at Sam and said 'you go.' I wanted to see him give it every effort to break Gretz' record. It's not very often anyone has a chance to beat one of his records. It was a very special night."

JUST ENJOY IT

Tonight and tomorrow is not the time to wonder if Gagner can be a consistent 2nd line centre, instead you should just enjoy what you witnessed tonight. If you missed it TSN 2 will be replaying the game at 11:30 p.m. I'm sure many of you will want to watch it again and just sit back in disbelief and awe.

It's not very often you get to say "I was there," for record breaking moments. If you were lucky enough to be in the building or watching at home smilling from ear-to-ear, just enjoy the moment.

Too often in life, and in sports, we don't fully ingest the wonder of something truly special.

Tonight was one of those games.

It was a night Sam Gagner will never forget, and I'm happy to say I got to watch it, as well as the reaction from the fans, Gagner and his teammates.

Nights like these are what make sports great. How many of us dreamt of having a night like this when we were kids? I'd bet most of you did, and to watch it happen for someone is very rare and special.

UPDATE

It turns out Gagner is only the 2nd player in NHL history to score eight points in a game where his team only scored eight goals. Mario Lemieux was the other.

Only 12 players in NHL history have ever scored 8 points in a game, and it has only happened 15 times in league history.

Lemieux did it three times, Gretzky twice and Maurice Richard 1944, Bert Olmstead 1954, Darryl Sittler 1976 (10 points), Tom Bladon (D-man) 1977, Bryan Trottier 1978, Peter Stastny 1981, Paul Coffey 1986, Patrik Sundstrom 1988 and Bernie Nicholls 1988 did it once.

Lemieux tallied all three of his 8-point games in one sizzling season, and prior to Gagner he was the last player to accomplish the feat on April 25th, 1989. (playoff game)

The Oilers franchise is the first one to have three different players register 8-point games. The Canadiens had two in Richard and Olmstead.

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#51 Nameless Ned
February 03 2012, 09:16AM
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What a game....I'm not trying to be a buzzkill or anything, I think the 8pts is awesome!!! but on the Whitney goal...didn't Bolland try to clear the puck (aka touched it) but accidently cleared it to whitney...thus making it no assist for gagner? again, I'm not trying to kill the buzz, I'm just curious. What a game though, hope this ups his value for a good Dman trade or boost his confidence so he can continue to play like this (obviously not many more 8pt games) but would be cool if he became a point per game player

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#52 Clarko
February 03 2012, 09:23AM
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Nameless Ned wrote:

What a game....I'm not trying to be a buzzkill or anything, I think the 8pts is awesome!!! but on the Whitney goal...didn't Bolland try to clear the puck (aka touched it) but accidently cleared it to whitney...thus making it no assist for gagner? again, I'm not trying to kill the buzz, I'm just curious. What a game though, hope this ups his value for a good Dman trade or boost his confidence so he can continue to play like this (obviously not many more 8pt games) but would be cool if he became a point per game player

I noticed that too. The NHL is generally very loose with giving out assists (like rebounds and what not). Unless the Hawks had 'clear possession', than an assist could be recorded. I would agree that assist was borderline, but could go either way.

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#53 I'm a Scientist!
February 03 2012, 09:24AM
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I was there.

That is pretty much all I have to say. Bragging.

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#54 Clyde Frog
February 03 2012, 09:27AM
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Nameless Ned wrote:

What a game....I'm not trying to be a buzzkill or anything, I think the 8pts is awesome!!! but on the Whitney goal...didn't Bolland try to clear the puck (aka touched it) but accidently cleared it to whitney...thus making it no assist for gagner? again, I'm not trying to kill the buzz, I'm just curious. What a game though, hope this ups his value for a good Dman trade or boost his confidence so he can continue to play like this (obviously not many more 8pt games) but would be cool if he became a point per game player

Nope you are wrong.

Nothing to see here, kkthxpleasedriveonthrough!

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#55 DoubleJ
February 03 2012, 09:30AM
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Our basketball team is in the playoffs after the first period we watched the rest of the game from the bar with no sound. Still amazing even with no sound. I have it PVR'd can't wait to watch it tonight after work.

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#56 Milli
February 03 2012, 09:50AM
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That was amazing! I had forgotten about the beatdown Sam took!!! Crazy when you think he is only 22. If he is traded, I would say the return needs to be good or it is a mistake. The kid is still a kid, he will develop alot more than he has and we will regret it!

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#57 rindog
February 03 2012, 10:00AM
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Nameless Ned wrote:

What a game....I'm not trying to be a buzzkill or anything, I think the 8pts is awesome!!! but on the Whitney goal...didn't Bolland try to clear the puck (aka touched it) but accidently cleared it to whitney...thus making it no assist for gagner? again, I'm not trying to kill the buzz, I'm just curious. What a game though, hope this ups his value for a good Dman trade or boost his confidence so he can continue to play like this (obviously not many more 8pt games) but would be cool if he became a point per game player

Even though you may be right, you are so very wrong!!!

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#58 The Beaker
February 03 2012, 10:01AM
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Pajamah wrote:

I just read the last 3 threads worth of comments, care to wager how many "Gagne" misspellings I saw...??

NONE

Sammy, you've arrived

Gagner in. "Our" out.

lol

I'm still pumped though. Some students are getting their ear talked off about that game today.

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#59 Simpsonite
February 03 2012, 10:11AM
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rindog wrote:

Even though you may be right, you are so very wrong!!!

I think, and I only think on this one, I think that because Chicago never actually controlled the puck it is still an assist...like when you bank it off the goalies pad or a defenseman's face to your teammate...same deal applies...Gags tried to take the puck through and his dealiyo caused Bolland to swing and bat it to Whitney who bagged it. Now had Bolland gone for a skate and then gave it to Whitney, well then we might be up to something...but no control therefore...8 points!

That's good enough hey? HEY GUYS???

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#60 Darcy
February 03 2012, 10:24AM
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Did not the Nordique also have two players in Anton and Peter Stastny? The fact that two brothers did it would seem to warrant mention also.

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#61 The Fish
February 03 2012, 10:35AM
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What a night. What a fantastic night.

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#63 Scott in Grande Prairie
February 03 2012, 10:53AM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

No they didn't...I listed the 12 who have done it. Anton never had 8 in a game. I'm not sure where TSN got that, but no other place has it. Strange.

Quite sure you're right, Gregor, but TSN had Peter and Anton listed last night on a graphic of names of eight-point-players.

I suspect that's why Darcy is asking for clarification (shouldn't speak for him, though).

Haven't seen Anton's name since then, however, so I suspect (quietly) corrected their error by (quietly) removing his name.

Good tweets last night, too, Gregor. Kudos.

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#64 Pajamah
February 03 2012, 10:59AM
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book¡e wrote:

Simon Gagner must be pleased about that as well!

If Eberle can be Eberyay, Gagner can be Gagnyay!

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#65 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
February 03 2012, 11:00AM
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I'm trapped in a glass case of emotion on this Gagner issue.

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#66 Beevbo
February 03 2012, 11:03AM
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Nice plug for Shutterstock guys. I love how not even clearly watermarked images will deter The Nation from pillaging photos from Google images.

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#67 1manwolfpack
February 03 2012, 11:14AM
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I think Sammy should sport the mystical leather 8 ball jacket for the rest of the season.

"Check this out! 8 ball! You got a question, you ask the 8 ball."

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#68 Ben Dover
February 03 2012, 11:24AM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

No they didn't...I listed the 12 who have done it. Anton never had 8 in a game. I'm not sure where TSN got that, but no other place has it. Strange.

Anton Stastny had 8 points in the same regular season game his brother Peter did.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=615055#&navid=nhl-search

Patrik Sundstrom recorded 8 points in a playoff game, which only Lemieux also accomplished, so he is not listed with the 12 players on nhl.com.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_players_with_eight_or_more_points_in_an_NHL_game

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#69 BigE91
February 03 2012, 11:26AM
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Nameless Ned wrote:

What a game....I'm not trying to be a buzzkill or anything, I think the 8pts is awesome!!! but on the Whitney goal...didn't Bolland try to clear the puck (aka touched it) but accidently cleared it to whitney...thus making it no assist for gagner? again, I'm not trying to kill the buzz, I'm just curious. What a game though, hope this ups his value for a good Dman trade or boost his confidence so he can continue to play like this (obviously not many more 8pt games) but would be cool if he became a point per game player

That sir, is what is called an NHL assist, similar to when there is a goal mouth scrum and the defending team attempts to clear the puck and it ends up in the back of the net courtesy some lucky offensive player, might seem like it is unassisted but one or two guys started the play.

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#70 aeiouY
February 03 2012, 12:09PM
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greatest night in the building since 2006

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#71 Team EHH
February 03 2012, 12:23PM
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Peter & Anton Stastny recorded 8 points each on February 22, 1981 in an away game against the Washington Capitals. I believe they share three single game records: the most points scored in a single game by brothers; the most points scored in an away game; and the most points scored by first year players.

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#72 Scott in Grande Prairie
February 03 2012, 01:51PM
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Team EHH wrote:

Peter & Anton Stastny recorded 8 points each on February 22, 1981 in an away game against the Washington Capitals. I believe they share three single game records: the most points scored in a single game by brothers; the most points scored in an away game; and the most points scored by first year players.

Aha, well there you go. I stand corrected.

Wonder how many points the other-brother-Stastny (Marian) had that night?

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#73 West
February 03 2012, 02:32PM
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Scott in Grande Prairie wrote:

Aha, well there you go. I stand corrected.

Wonder how many points the other-brother-Stastny (Marian) had that night?

Well since Marian didn't play in the NHL until the next season I would guess zero.

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#74 They're $hittie
February 03 2012, 03:24PM
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considering era, (excluding how good goalies are these days compared to the 80s) even though Gagner did not score one bad goal out of the four. This COULD BE the single greatest performance in an NHL game buy a skater.

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#75 Slats
February 03 2012, 04:31PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

No they didn't...I listed the 12 who have done it. Anton never had 8 in a game. I'm not sure where TSN got that, but no other place has it. Strange.

it's in wiki

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_NHL_records_(individual)

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#76 Ryan
February 03 2012, 10:11PM
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Gagner, Taylor Hall and Jordon Eberle scored on five consecutive shifts in the third period they said.

Not to take anything away from their historic night, but they didn't score on five consecutive shifts. According to the TOI charts for the game Gagner scored on 3 consecutive shifts, Ebs and Hall 4 (if you include their last shift of the second period). They scored on 5 out of their first 7 shifts in the 3rd period (still ridiculous).

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#77 Darcy
February 03 2012, 10:52PM
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That's okay Mr. Gregor. We all make mistakes, just glad you corrected yourself.

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#78 Sheldon "Oilers Fan for Life!!!"
February 06 2012, 08:48AM
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I was on my computer with bated breath hanging on every word Rod Phi oh I mean Jack Michaels spoke as he brought the whole thing to life in my minds eye.

PS Best fun I have had in a long time! Since #94 tied #99 for the fastest 3 goals against the Sharks.

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