There was a February night in 2012 that Jets fans have little reason to remember but new Jets forward Sam Gagner will never forget.
It started with a first-period stretch pass to Taylor Hall that Hall put past Chicago’s Corey Crawford for an early goal. Then Gagner’s second-period wraparound tied the game at two. Then came a power play assist. There was his rebound goal at five-on-five. Then a third-period faceoff win that led to another assist. Next, the hat trick, a one-timer set up by Jordan Eberle for Gagner’s fourth goal and a one-timer feed right back to Eberle for Gagner’s fourth assist. Gagner finished the night with eight points in an 8-4 Edmonton win, tying Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey for the most points by an Oiler in a single game.
The NHL record is 10 points in one game, a feat pulled off by Toronto’s Darryl Sittler in a 1976 game against Boston. No one has scored nine points in one game, meaning that Gagner tied for second place all time with Gretzky, Coffey, Maurice Richard, Mario Lemieux, Peter Stastny, Anton Stastny, Bernie Nichols, Bert Olmstead, Bryan Trottier and Tom Bladon.