If a hat trick is netted however no hats are thrown, does it nonetheless rely?
When you requested Andrei Svechnikov, he’d undoubtedly say sure.
The younger Russian star’s first profession hat trick got here on the good time, propelling his Hurricanes to a Four-1 win and a 2-Zero lead of their best-of-five qualifying-round collection in opposition to the Rangers.
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Svechnikov opened the scoring lower than 5 minutes into the sport as he fired the shot previous veteran netminder Henrik Lundqvist from the left circle. Within the second he despatched a one-timer into the again of the web on the facility play and capped off the hat-trick within the third off a nifty backhanded move from fellow teenager Sebastian Aho.
Sadly, no caps had been thrown — regardless of it being a Carolina “dwelling” recreation — to have fun his achievement, as no followers had been in attendance..
Together with his trio of objectives in Monday’s matinee, the 20-year-old turned the primary to take action in Carolina franchise historical past. He additionally joined an inventory of simply eight gamers — together with Wayne Gretzky and Patrick Kane — to attain a playoff hat trick earlier than age 21. He additionally joined 9 different gamers in having a number of two-plus-goal video games within the postseason earlier than his 21st birthday.
The second-overall choose within the 2018 draft, Svechnikov collected 61 factors in 68 video games earlier than the season was paused. And, whereas it might seem to be 100 years in the past, he had two of the prettiest objectives of the season when he scored not one, however two lacrosse-style objectives.