Gretzky scores four, highest scoring NHL game

On January 4, 1984, the Edmonton Oilers beat the Minnesota North Stars 12-8, making it the highest scoring game in the modern era.

Game highlights included the Oiler’s Wayne Gretzky scoring four goals and four assists. The second period started with the Oilers up 5-2 and finishing the 20 minutes of play time up 10-6. Jari Kurri of the North Stars had his turn in the highlight reel with a hat trick.

The 1984-85 Oilers went on to be Stanley Cup champions after defeating the New York Islanders in five games  thanks to talents like Hall of Fame inductees Wayne GretzkyPaul Coffey and Mark Messier. They beat the Winnipeg Jets and the Calgary Flames before defeating the North Stars to get to the finals.

The North Stars knocked the Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues out before losing to the Oilers in the Division Finals in four games. The Oilers beat the Blackhawks 12-9 the following season to pass the record for the highest scoring game. Before the record was broken in 1984 was on January 10, 1920. The game ended with the  Montreal Canadiens taking a 14-7 lead over the Toronto St. Patricks.

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