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Gagner off to another fast start

Saturday, 02.04.2012 / 11:20 PM / News

NHL.com



Edmonton's Sam Gagner isn't slowing down.

Two nights after Gagner had the first eight-point performance by an NHL player in more than 23 years, he had a pair of goals and an assist in the first period as the Oilers' grabbed a 3-1 lead through 40 minutes of their game against Detroit at Rexall Place on Saturday night.

Gagner flipped home a rebound to open the scoring at 2:42, set up Jordan Eberle's goal at 5:41 and deflected a shot past Ty Conklin in the final second of the period.

The three-point period gave Gagner 11 points in a span of less than three full periods. He had the first of his eight points 2:22 into the second period of Thursday's 8-4 win against Chicago when he assisted on a goal by Taylor Hall.

The 11 points in two games are three behind the NHL record of 14 held by both Peter and Anton Stastny, who had six each in Quebec's 9-3 win at Vancouver on Feb. 20, 1981, and added eight more two nights later in an 11-7 win at Washington.

Gagner has been involved in each of the Oilers' last 11 goals. Jaromir Jagr scored or assisted on 15 consecutive goals for Pittsburgh in October and November of 1999, but that streak came during a span of seven games -- none of which the Penguins won.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round