Friday, February 3, 2012

Gagner 8 Points

Sam Gagner drafted 6th Overall 2007
22 year-old Sam Gagner joined a very elite class last night when he posted 8 points to help his club beat the visiting Chicago Blackhawks 8-4.  Gagner recorded 4 goals and 4 assists to tie a team record shared by #99 and #7.  For his efforts Gagner was aptly named 1st, 2nd and 3rd stars.  The centre-man from London Ontario centered a line between Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall and the trio amassed an incredible 16 points.

"It seemed like everything I touch was going in...said Gagner.  "Everyone on the bench was telling me to stay out the the last five minutes.  I didn't have the legs to stay out that long.  I was pretty gassed." 

The crowd at Rexall went into frenzy when #89 posted his 8th point a feat which coincidentally, has not been accomplished since '89.  The chants of 'Gag-ner, Gag-ner', and 'We want 10' still echoes hangs in the rafters.

"Hearing the Gagner chant will stand out," he said.  "To get that kind of ovation from people who know the game was an incredible feeling.  Tough to re-create that." 

Chicago Blackhawks' pint sized Patrick Kane couldn't believe his eyes when he witnessed Gagner's performance. In '06 Gagner and Kane were line-mates in the OHL for the London Knights and the pair have remained the best of friends since...though I wonder if Kane met Gagner for dinner afterwards?

"He was just giving me stare downs," said Gagner.  "I don't think he was happy I one-upped him like that.  We have a competition going and so far, in our (NHL) career, he's won every one.  It's nice to get that one on him tonight."

Gagner with hockey history in his hands

 List of Players who reached 8 points

Maurice Richard
Bert Olmstead
Darryl Sittler (Feb. 7 1976 10 pts)
Tom Bladon
Bryan Trottier
Peter Statsny
Anton Stastny
Wayne Gretzky (1983, 1984)
Paul Coffey (1986)
Mario Lemieux (1988, 1989)
Bernie Nicholls


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