Chicago Blackhawks v Edmonton Oilers

Perhaps as important, since the Oilers' unlikely Stanley Cup run in the spring of 2006, there has been little in Edmonton to cheer for. Tonight certainly doesn't change the fact that Edmonton have missed the playoffs for five straight years and about to make it six, but it does restore a certain tinge of pride among fans of the Oilers franchise who had something to cheer about Thursday night to remind them of the team's glory days.

EDMONTON, CANADA – FEBRUARY 2: Sam Gagner #89 of the Edmonton Oilers displays the pucks with which he scored his hat-trick goal and his 8th point in a single game. The game came against the Chicago Blackhawks at Rexall Place on February 2, 2012 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)