Sergey Kalinin (left) and J.T. Miller scrap (Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
It's not an easy thing to accomplish, but the Russian rookie made it all happen in a crucial victory over the rival Rangers last night. And yes, apparently they do have Gordie Howe hat tricks in Siberia.
Is there anything more hockey than the Gordie Howe hat trick? A goal, an assist and a fight is one solid night's work and New Jersey Devils rookie Sergey Kalinin is the latest NHLer to pull off the feat as part of the Devils' 5-2 win over the rival New York Rangers last night:
That, obviously, was the fight against J.T. Miller, who received a match penalty for the tape on his hands (read the rulebook). It was Kalinin's first NHL scrap and he handled himself well. According to Hockeyfights.com, Kalinin fought at least once in the KHL before coming over to North America.
The assist came off some nice corner work, which led to Tyler Kennedy tipping Damon Severson's point shot, while the goal was the final piece of the puzzle in the third period – and it was a dandy:
Not bad at all. The win was a big one for the Devils, who are currently outside the wild card but threatening to crash the party if they can heat up down the stretch.
As for Kalinin, he had the quote of the night post-game when asked if he knew what a Gordie Howe hat trick is (courtesy of Rich Chere):
"I'm from Siberia, but we have the Internet," Kalinin joked. "I heard about it when I was home. It was a dream and now I've got it."