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Sam Gagner gets another three points

Feb 5, 2012, 1:13 AM EDT

No one expected Sam Gagner to have another four-goal, eight-point game, like he did on Thursday, but he didn’t fall down to Earth either. Gagner scored two power-play goals in the first period, including one with less than a second left on the clock in Edmonton’s 5-4 shootout win over Detroit.

Gagner also assisted on Jordan Eberle’s first goal of the game, but he wasn’t credited with an assist on Eberle’s late third period game-tying goal. That ended Gagner’s streak of getting a point in 11 straight Oilers goals, but even then, Gagner was on the ice for Edmonton’s fourth goal of the night and he was even briefly credited with an assist before they were revised to go to Ales Hemsky and Ryan Smyth. Then, just for good measure, Gagner netted a goal in the shootout.

Gagner will rest up for Monday’s game against the only player in the NHL that might be as hot as him: James Reimer, who has posted back-to-back shutouts, including a 49-save silencing of the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

  1. dreamzilla - Feb 5, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    is this for real or what????? i watched the game he almost had a hand in the tying goal …can we now start too see what this kid is made of? doesnt hurt when hes playing with hall and eberle on the top line …now we are getting balenced scoring from 2 consistant lines and a good vet 3rd line( horcoff jones and smyth) still too little to late for the playoffs though but hemmer khabibulin sutton and perhaps ryan smyth could get us a decent haul in seperate trades to continue to stockplie for the future…i still think we need schnider outta vancouver but i cant see oilers and canuks making a deal like that

    • yettyskills - Feb 5, 2012 at 2:08 AM

      Ya Edmonton is one place the Canucks are not trading Schnider.

      • danphipps01 - Feb 5, 2012 at 2:51 AM

        Yeah. They’re not gonna trade the guy to an up-and-coming team in their own division. Wouldn’t be surprised if Edmonton made a bid for Harding, though.

        As for the draft, they should use their latest lottery pick to grab Murray or Trouba. They haven’t sucked QUITE hard enough for Yakupov or Grigorenko, but it’s just as well – they don’t need any more first-line forwards, they need defense and goaltending.

  2. yettyskills - Feb 5, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    Looks like Hopkins might have to play center on the second line with Hemsky & Horcroft.
    Triple H Line FTW

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