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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Blackhawks

An in-depth look at Edmonton's 8-4 win over Chicago on Thursday

Thursday, 02.02.2012 / 10:17 PM / Cenovus Game Story
By Travis Knee  - edmontonoilers.com
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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Blackhawks


The Oilers had one for the ages tonight as Sam Gagner's eight-point effort lifted them to an 8-4 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

The win continues the strong play of late for the Oilers who have now taken seven of their last eight points.


All you need to know and more as we go Under the Scope:

With Chicago getting back into the game at 5-4 in the third period, Sam Gagner would score his hat-trick goal to restore Edmonton's two-goal lead. The Oilers would not look back on route to an 8-4 victory.


47 The faceoff winning percentage for the Oilers overall in tonight's game. They won 30 of 64 draws.
4 Lost in all the Gagner hype was the fact that Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle each had four-point nights. For Hall it was also a career-high.
8 Gagner joined elite company tonight. He now sits with Gretzky and Coffey as the only Oilers to record 8 points in a game.
6 The last Oiler to record more than 6 points in a game was Jari Kurri back in 1988.
 


Sam Gagner
G A P +/- Shots
4 4 8 6 6


Sam Gagner
G A P +/- Shots
4 4 8 6 6



Sam Gagner
G A P +/- Shots
4 4 8 6 6



 
BLACKHAWKS
Corey Crawford
SA SV GA TOI SV%
28 23 5 43:35 .821

OILERS
Devan Dubnyk
SA SV GA TOI SV%
47 43 4 60:00 .915



 
 BLACKHAWKS
  Brent Seabrook- D

26:48 - 0 PTS, -2 rating

OILERS
  Corey Potter- D

23:24 - 1 PTS, E rating

With the Oilers leading 5-4 in a back and forth battle, Taylor Hall would carry the puck deep into the Chicago zone before turning and hitting Sam Gagner trailing. Gagner would beat Ray Emery with a wrist shot short-side to complete his hat-trick.

There is no doubt about this one. Sam Gagner capped off one of the great performances in Oilers history with 8 points (4G, 4A) in tonight's game. Sam was in on every Oilers goal in an amazing 8-4 win at Rexall.


Making his fourth straight start in goal for the Edmonton Oilers tonight, Devan Dubnyk made 43 saves to backstop the Oilers to another win. Lost in all the Gagner-mania was another solid outing from the young netminder.


The last player to record 8 points in an NHL game was Mario Lemieux back on April 25, 1989. It was in a 10-7 playoff game win against the Philadelphia Flyers.
 



"It definitely feels good! It felt like everything I touched went in."

-- Sam Gagner on his eight-point night.




Saturday, February 4  vs. Detroit
  8:00pm MST (CBC / 630 CHED)

The Oilers play their third in a row at home Saturday night in the second game of HNIC. The Detroit Red Wings will be in town for the third meeting of the season between the two clubs. The Red Wings were the winners of the previous two, the game can be seen live on CBC.