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    Written by Larry Fleisher   
    Sunday, 05 February 2012 02:02

    Sam Gagner

    Two nights ago, Sam Gagner turned in a jaw-dropping eight-point performance for the Edmonton Oilers. So what would he do for an encore? Would he get some more points or would he go scoreless against the Detroit Red Wings?

    1) Sam Gagner, Edmonton Oilers - Gagner did not get eight points again but still had a pretty good night in Edmonton's 5-4 shootout win over the Red Wings. He scored twice on the power play in the opening 20 minutes and scored one of Edmonton's two shootout goals. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had the game-winner for the Oilers, who are 4-0-1 in their last five.

    2) Kurtis Foster, New Jersey Devils - The Devils scored four special teams goals and Foster had a hand in three of them during a 6-4 win at Philadelphia. Foster scored two power-play goals and assisted on Zach Parise's tally with the man advantage. Ilya Kovalchuk scored a shorthanded goal while Dainus Zubrus and Alexei Ponikarovsky scored on even strength in New Jersey's third straight win.

    3) James Reimer, Toronto Maple Leafs - What's the best way to get thrown back into the flow for a goaltender? The answer is easy, face 49 shots from your team's biggest rival. Reimer not only faced that many but also stopped that many in Toronto's 5-0 rout in Ottawa for his second straight shutout. Reimer had played just once last month against you guessed it - Ottawa. Reimer has stopped 74 shots in his last two starts and last night had the support of three-point showings from Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak.

    Save of the Night

    If you watched the matinee affair between the Bruins and Penguins, you saw a wonderful performance from Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury made 28 saves, including this sliding save to stop Joe Corvo's backhand attempt during the second period.

    Surprise Gordie Howe Hat Trick of the Night

    Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and two assists but nobody wanted to talk about that. They wanted to talk about his hat trick, otherwise known as his fight with Brayden Schenn. Zach Rinaldo slew-footed  Zach Parise and Kovalchuk took the law into his own hands. He flattened Schenn during his ninth career fight.

    Hit of the Night

    Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik has a well-deserved reputation as a physical defenseman. He added another hit to the collection with this open-ice hit on Daniel Paille that the Pittsburgh announcers proclaimed to be their "sandwich of the game".


    Line Change of the Night

    Jed Ortmeyer, of the Minnesota Wild, decided to expedite Jake Dowell's line change in Dallas on Saturday. Thankfully for Dowell, he had the situational awareness to realize just how kind Ortmeyer was being to him.

    Last Updated on Sunday, 05 February 2012 03:22