Even the encore was impressive.
Edmonton Oilers centre Sam Gagner, who left Rexall Place on Thursday night with an eye-popping eight points, racked up another three points in the first period of a 5-4 shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings at Rexall Place on Saturday.
The Oilers built a 3-1 first period lead, gave up three straight goals in the third then headed to overtime on Jordan Eberle's second goal of the night. He scored at 19:21 — the only goal Gagner hadn't had a hand since Thursday.
Gagner and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored in the six-round shootout. Todd Bertuzzi, who scored twice for Detroit, was the only Red Wing to beat Devan Dubnyk in the skills contest.
The Oilers are now 4-1-0 in their last five games.
The NHL leading Wings fell to 6-1 in shootouts.
"That was a big win for us, especially the way we did it," said Gagner, who now holds the Oilers record for contributing to 11 straight goals.
The sizzling-hot forward became the first player since Mario Lemieux to have an eight-point night in the NHL in Thursday's 8-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks — a performance that netted him text messages from Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey, the only two Oilers to have accomplished the feat.
Unlike Lemieux, who had eight points one night, but was held to just two shots on goal the following game in April 1989, during the Pittsburgh Penguins' playoff series against the Philadelphia Flyers, Gagner picked up where he left off when he got back on the ice.
He scored the opening goal in a first period that saw the Oilers score three goals on nine shots, chasing Ty Conklin from the Red Wings net. With starter Jimmy Howard sidelined with a broken finger, Conklin was replaced by AHL call-up Joey MacDonald.
Gagner continues to impress in win over Red Wings
Edmonton Journal | Feb 5