Sam Gagner C PHO Dec 10 '78

Sam Gagner was an assist shy of a Gordie Howe hat trick on Thursday.

Gagner scored the Oilers' opening goal and fought the Dallas Stars' Brenden Dillon in the second period. "He took a couple of whacks at me at the end of a shift, and I pretty much ended up protecting myself," said Gagner. "It's not like I have a scouting report on what guys can do when they're fighting me. I just tried to tie him up." Gagner is a mediocre source of PIM, but he certainly has a great catch for those that drafted him or picked him up early this season. He has six goals and 19 points in 19 games in 2013.

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