A 20 goal game

On Januay 4, 1984, The Edmonton Oilers claimed a 12-8 victory over the Minnesota North Stars in the highest scoring modern NHL game.

The Oilers were first to get on the board. Minnesota defensemen tracked Mark Messier, opening the ice up for Glen Anderson who go the puck puck past Don Beaupre. Wayne Gretzky gave the Oilers a 2-0 advantage with five seconds remaining on a one man advantage, making it 41 consecutive games he scored in.

Dennis Maruk got the North Stars on the board with a power play goal with less than five minutes left in the period. Grant Fuhr started in the net for the Oilers. Gretzky’s second goal gave the Oilers a 5-2 lead at the end of the first period.

The North Stars put  Gilles Meloche in the net for the second period. Dino Ciccarelli scored 25 seconds into the period, getting the North Star’s to a two goal deficit. Edmonton’s lead was cut to one with a power play goal off the stick of Brad Maxwell.

Jari Kurri completed a hat trick off Gretzky’s third assist giving the Oilers a 6-4 advantage. Steve Payne scored for the North Stars 40 seconds later giving Minnesota a one goal deficit. The Great One completed his hat trick and the Oilers were up 8-6. He struck again and the Oilers had a 10-6 lead going into the intermission.

North Star’s Kieth Acton was first to get the puck in the net in the third period. Craig Hartsburg’s goal gave Minnesota to a two goal deficit. Paul Coffey and Randy Gregg sealed the deal by scoring for the Oilers.

The two teams totaled 20 goals, barely missing the 60 year record of 21. Grant Fuhr was credited with the win after stopping 28 of 36 shots. Don Beaupre saved 7 of 12 and North Stars backup Gilles Maloche  saved 17 of 24, also totaling 36 shots on goal.

Here are some highlights:

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