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8 Point Games Like a Needle In a Haystack

To earn a single point in an NHL game is a feat that many hockey players never accomplish. To notch 2 points is a good game. But 8 points in a single game? 8 in the current era of the NHL is a miracle.  Before Thursday night in Edmonton 8 points in a single game hadn’t been accomplished since 1989.

There are now 16 players who have recorded 8 point games. Although there are hall of fame stars, you may notice that there are some names that are surprisingly abscent; Gordie Howe and Bobby Orr.

Maurice RichardMontreal Canadiens12/28/19448
Bert OlmsteadMontreal Canadiens1/9/19548
Darryl SittlerToronto Maple Leafs2/7/197610
Tom BladonPhiladelphia Flyers12/11/19778
Bryan TrottierNew York Islanders12/23/19788
Peter ŠťastnýQuebec Nordiques2/22/19818
Anton ŠťastnýQuebec Nordiques2/22/19818
Wayne GretzkyEdmonton Oilers11/19/19838
Wayne GretzkyEdmonton Oilers1/4/19848
Paul CoffeyEdmonton Oilers3/14/19868
Patrik SundstromNew Jersey Devils4/22/19888
Mario LemiuexPittsburgh Penguins10/15/19888
Bernie NichollsLos Angeles Kings12/1/19888
Mario LemiuexPittsburgh Penguins12/31/19888
Mario LemiuexPittsburgh Penguins4/25/19898
Sam GagnerEdmonton Oilers2/2/20128

Wayne Gretzky’s first 8 point game


Sam Gagner’s 8 point game:


With all of the changes through the years of the NHL, the 23 year gap between 8 point games looked to be a record that would stand the test of time. Those who were fortunate enough to be at the game, or at least see it will always have the memories. For Oilers fans, that may have to be the joy that will last through the rest of the season.

For those that missed it, there is always the internet. Thankfully, these videos will last forever.


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Um, Richard is on the list. His is the first name.
And Howe played in adifferent era than most of those 16 times. Most of them were in the defenseless 80’s when 100 point seasons were nothing special.

Posted by teldar on 02/04/12 at 07:31 AM ET

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Points, scores, goal and point totals were so much higher in the 80s is exactly why 8 points now is ridiculous. The Oilers have been on the losing side of 10 goal games in the past two season and yet no one has racked up 8 points.

Posted by Lisa Brown on 02/04/12 at 02:08 PM ET

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Gretzky still is the Great One, but something tells me in this day and age he wouldn’t be nearly so dominate.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 02/04/12 at 04:13 PM ET

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