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Ten Points in a Game: Is Sittler's Record Unbreakable?

By February 5, 2012

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Darryl Sittler 2008

Want this guy's record?

It's 36 years since he set it. But he doesn't appear especially willing to give it up.

That's Darryl Sittler as he looked in 2008, before an NHL oldtimer's game. He certainly looks like a man who could still play.

Sittler spent most of his 15-year career in Toronto, and ranks as one of the all-time greatest Leafs.

His 484 goals and 637 assists earned him a place in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

He also put on one of the great single-game performances in hockey history, racking up 10 points against Boston on February 7, 1976.

The record prior to that was eight points in a game. A dozen NHL players have managed that total in the years before and since Sittler's big night.

Gretzky and Lemieux did it more than once, and on one memorable occasion in 1981, a pair of brothers did it in the same game.

The most recent eight-point performance could not have been expected by anyone.

Going into last Thursday's game against Chicago, Oilers forward Sam Gagner had just 22 points on the season.

After coming up empty in the first period, Gagner scored four goals and four assists in the final 40 minutes, claiming his spot on a very exclusive list.

But even on a night when everything he touched seemed to end up in the net, Gagner still couldn't catch Sittler.

You have to wonder if anyone ever will.

So who was the hapless goalie on the wrong of end of Darryl Sittler's record-setting game?

Who are the other members of the eight-point club?

Read on for those answer and more.

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