Dusk til Dawn: Hat tricks, shutouts, and OT…Oh My!

Alan Bass
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Miss any of last night’s action? Here’s all you need to know to be up to date with your fellow fans:

Essential Water Cooler

In the course of just 17:29 of the first period, Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf potted three goals for the first hat trick of his career. The Ducks scored six goals in two periods to chase Buffalo’s Ryan Miller, and defeat the Sabres – the worst team in the NHL – 6-2 – to further the league’s worst goal differential and second-worst defense. What has happened to the Sabres and Miller in such a short period that their luck has turned so suddenly?

Primetime Play

After nearly two and a half periods of scoreless play, Toronto’s Phil Kessel grabbed a pass coming out of the offensive zone, cruised around the ice and split two New Jersey defenders to pot the first goal for Maple Leafs in 109:34, and the first goal given up by Devils in 110:37.

Men of the Night

1. Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim – The star forward scored his first career hat trick and added an assist for a four-point night.

2. Dustin Penner, Anaheim – Playing with Getzlaf, he potted a goal and three assists to match Getzlaf’s point total.

3. Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg – The Czech star stopped 41 shots, including 12 on the power play, to shut out the Predators at home.

Better Luck Next Time

For a team who has arguably two of the best goaltenders in the league, the Devils sure are struggling in shootouts. Their shooters are 0-for-14 and they are now 0-for-4 in shootouts after last night’s loss to the Leafs. The team is clearly still suffering from the loss of many offensive stars, but that cannot translate to a lost season.