Back in the early 1990s, Shaun Van Allen was knocked out in a game in Washington. When he came around in the ambulance, the centre didn't know where he was or who he was.

"Tell him he's Wayne Gretzky," joked Ted Green, his Edmonton Oilers head coach.

For the briefest of moments, Van Allen may have thought he was No. 99.

Flash forward 20 years, and another Oilers centre was Gretzky, for a night.

Not for a few seconds. For 60 minutes.

While the Oilers had precious few highlights during the 2011-12 season when they finished 29th in the 30-team National Hockey League, Sam Gagner had one of those out-of-body experiences getting eight points in an 8-4 Oilers' win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Feb. 2, 2012 at Rexall Place.

Eight goals, eight points. Gagner was in on them all.

Four goals, four assists. Nice symmetry, too.

Gagner's eight points tied Gretzky and Paul Coffey for most points by an Oiler in a game.