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"The Skinny" By Eric Hornick Game 82 Isles 5, Pittsburgh 4    On to the Playoffs! Simon Holmstrom scored the winning goal with 5:3...

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Fast and Natural

From Elias:

 John Tavares recorded a natural hat trick with three goals in a 5:46 span
during the second period of the Islanders' 5-3 win over the Sabres. Tavares was
the first Islanders player to score three consecutive goals in a game that
quickly since Dec. 10, 1991, when Ray Ferraro tallied a natural hat trick within
a 4:43 span early in the second period of a 7-7 tie against the Blues.
Taveras produced the second-fastest natural hat trick in the NHL this season.
Washington's Alexander Semin had one in a 4:29 span against the Lightning on
November 26.
From Eric:
Ferraro's trick is nowhere closest to the fastest in Islander history. Derek
King scored the first three goals of a game against Pittsburgh on October 15,
1991 in a span of only 1:18.  However, Mario Lemieux responded with a hat trick
of his own, and Phil Bourque scored in OT to give the Penguins a 7-6 win at the
Kng broke Denis Potvin's club record of 3 goals in 3:21, set October 14, 1978 in
Toronto.  Ironically, the Isles also lost that game (10-7).  Potvin's trio
also constituted a natural hat trick.
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