EDMONTON – Sam Gagner had four goals and four assists in the NHL’s first eight-point game in 23 years, and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Chicago Blackhawks 8-4 on Thursday night.
Gagner fell two points shy of matching the NHL mark of 10, set by Toronto’s Darryl Sittler on Feb. 7, 1976, but he tied the club record of eight that is held by Wayne Gretzky and defenceman Paul Coffey.
The 22-year-old Gagner, who had only five goals this season before Thursday, was chosen as all three stars of the game.
Taylor Hall, Ryan Whitney, Jordan Eberle and Cam Barker had the other goals for the Oilers (20-26-5), who are 3-0-1 in their last four games.
Patrick Sharp had two goals, and Jamal Mayers and Dave Bolland also scored for the Blackhawks (29-16-7), who have lost four straight.
Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux was the last player before Gagner to have at least eight points in a game when he did it on Dec. 31, 1988, against New Jersey.
HURRICANES 3, BRUINS 0
BOSTON (AP)—Cam Ward made 47 saves—22 in the first period and 20 in the third—Brandon Sutter had a goal and an assist, and Carolina finished its first season sweep of Boston.
The Hurricanes, who won all four meetings with the Bruins, are 15-25-9 against the rest of the NHL and are last in the Eastern Conference. Carolina outscored Boston 14-5 in the season sweep, the franchise’s first over Boston, dating to the days when the team was the Hartford Whalers.
Eric Staal scored in the first period, Tuomo Ruutu converted Sutter’s rebound in the second, and Sutter added a goal 3:13 into the third.
Ward, 11-11-2 against the Bruins, posted his third shutout of the season and 19th of his NHL career—including three over Boston.
FLYERS 4, PREDATORS 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Wayne Simmonds had two goals, Matt Read and Claude Giroux also scored, and Philadelphia snapped Nashville’s five-game winning streak.
Ilya Bryzgalov made 26 saves to earn his 175th career win, and the Flyers finally played just 60 minutes. They went to a shootout in their previous three games, losing twice.
Ryan Suter had Nashville’s lone goal. The Predators had won nine of 10 and entered with the NHL’s best record since Dec. 28, going 13-2.
DEVILS 5, CANADIENS 3
NEWARK, N.J. (AP)—Zach Parise scored two goals, including the go-ahead tally with 2:44 remaining, and New Jersey rallied to beat Montreal.
David Clarkson also scored twice, including an empty-netter in the final seconds. Dainius Zubrus added a goal, and Ilya Kovalchuk had three assists for the Devils, who have won two straight. Martin Brodeur made 27 saves.
David Desharnais, Andrei Kostitsyn and Mathieu Darche scored for Montreal, which had 18 saves from Carey Price.
Parise’s second goal gave the Devils their first lead of the night. He deflected Kovalchuk’s shot past Price to break a 3-3 tie. Clarkson finished the scoring for the Devils, who had trailed 2-0 and 3-1.
JETS 2, LIGHTNING 1, OT
TAMPA, Fla. (AP)—Kyle Wellwood scored 3:14 into overtime to lead Winnipeg past Tampa Bay.
Wellwood scored from in close off a left-circle pass from Blake Wheeler.
Wheeler also scored for the Jets, who had lost seven straight at Tampa Bay, dating to the franchise’s time in Atlanta. Ondrej Pavelec finished with 30 saves.
Victor Hedman scored and Mathieu Garon stopped 22 shots for the Lightning, who had a season-best, five-game winning streak snapped. Garon fell to 5-1 against the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise.
Hedman tied it 1-all at 10:34 of the third after taking a nifty neutral zone touch pass by Martin St. Louis. The defenceman snapped a 25-game goal drought, dating to Oct. 22 against Buffalo.
St. Louis has 10 assists and 13 points during an eight-game point streak. The right wing has at least one assist in every game of the spurt.
WILD 1, AVALANCHE 0
DENVER (AP)—Niklas Backstrom had 37 saves for his third shutout of the season and 25th of his NHL career, and Greg Zanon scored the lone goal in Minnesota’s win over Colorado.
Jean-Sebastian Giguere had 20 saves for Colorado, which has lost four straight and continued to struggle at home against Minnesota. The Wild are 10-1-2 in their last 13 visits to Denver. Backstrom is 9-1-2 in those games.
Zanon’s goal was his second of the season.
Backstrom made it stand up, but Colorado didn’t make it easy by recording 17 shots on goal in the third period.
RED WINGS 4, CANUCKS 3, SO
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP)—Pavel Datsyuk and Jiri Hudler scored in the shootout, and Detroit padded its lead over Vancouver in the Western Conference standings.
Both shooters beat goalie Roberto Luongo on the stick side to give the Red Wings a 6-0 record this season in shootouts. Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard smothered Alex Edler’s close-in shot, and Mason Raymond lost control of the puck in the tiebreaker.
Drew Miller, Hudler and Dan Cleary gave the Red Wings one-goal leads. Detroit (35-16-1) won for the ninth time in 10 games to move four points ahead of Vancouver (31-15-5), which has a game in hand. It was also the fourth win in four road games for Detroit, which is 15-14 away from home.
Ryan Kesler, Alex Burrows and Raymond forced overtime for the Canucks, who were outshot 43-25 before the shootout. Vancouver went 3-3 on a homestand that spanned the NHL All-Star break.
SHARKS 5, STARS 2
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)—Ryane Clowe scored in his first game back from an injury, and four other San Jose players scored as the Sharks stretched their winning streak to three with a victory over Dallas.
Michal Handzus, Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau also had goals for the Sharks, who beat the Stars for the fifth straight time.
Steve Ott and Jamie Benn scored for the Stars, who have yet to win the second game of back-to-backs this season in nine chances.
Thomas Greiss stopped 19 shots to earn his seventh win for the Sharks. Dallas’ Richard Bachman made 32 saves.