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Oilers Gagner compiles eight-point plan to match Gretzky

(Reuters) - Edmonton's Sam Gagner scored four goals and added four assists in the Oilers 8-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks to become the 11th player in NHL history to record eight points in a game.

Gagner's scoring outburst equals an Oilers franchise record shared by Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey. The last player to record eight points in a game was Mario Lemieux for Pittsburgh on December 31, 1988.

"I think this is the only situation I can ever have my name mentioned in their breath," Gagner told reporters. "It's really an honor to have a night like this and be mentioned in that class, even if it's only for tonight."

Gagner had just five goals in 43 games this season prior to Thursday's onslaught.

"To get this at the NHL level is something I can't even really fathom," Gagner added. "I don't even really know how to react to it."

Darryl Sittler holds the NHL single-game record with 10 points for Toronto against Boston on February 7, 1976.

(Reporting by Mike Mouat in Windsor, Ontario; Editing by John O'Brien)

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