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What can Sam Gagner do for an encore?

Feb 4, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

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Sam Gagner‘s incredible eight-point game against Chicago is something that we haven’t seen since Mario Lemieux scored eight points in 1989. While one game makes for an incredible feat, how you follow it up could mean a lot for Gagner.

One thing Gagner won’t want to do tonight against Detroit is to follow in Lemieux’s footsteps.

The game after Super Mario scored eight points  in ’89, he followed that up with a stinkbomb of a game going pointless against Washington with a -3 rating in an 8-0 rout by the Capitals. Gagner going against Detroit provides the potential for a similar beat down, but he’ll have some things working in his favor.

Detroit’s top goalie, Jimmy Howard, is out of action with a broken pinkie finger which means former Oiler and current Wings backup Ty Conklin gets the call in goal. Conklin has had a poor season backing up Howard and the Wings have been just an average team on the road this season.

If Gagner wants to cement home the reasons why he shouldn’t be traded, notching a couple points against Detroit and continuing to produce will help.

  1. rainyday56 - Feb 4, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Score another 8, in the next 50 games?

  2. tommytd - Feb 4, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    So the Blackhawks made him look like an all-star for one game…big deal.

  3. rz84 - Feb 4, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Tommytd are you kidding me guy? What’s the big deal? He did something that hasn’t been done since 1988 and only done by 13 players. And it was the Blackhawks not the Bluejackets. Hawks are a great team

  4. dreamzilla - Feb 4, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    what can he do… and play and try hard and see if he becomes the real deal over the rest of the season and not just a one day 8pt explosion…..but he will always be remembered for that moment unless he tops that …like scoring the ot goal in game 7 of the finals but i dont see that happening ….id put him on the 2nd line to see what happens

  5. cbjfan75 - Feb 4, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    He’s already 3 points and 2 goals deep after one period…

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