Friday, December 3, 2010

So, if Sidney Crosby scored two hat tricks in one week, why do the rest of us bother?

The game: Pittsburgh Penguins 3, Atlanta Thrashers 2. All three Pittsburgh goals were scored by Sidney Crosby. That makes two hat tricks inside of one week.

Note to said player: Dude, slow down so the rest of us humble peons, in our own small way, can at least attempt to catch up on our own life's achievements.

But seriously: What's really scary about him is that the best is yet to come.

I learn something new every day: A natural hat trick is when the three goals are scored consecutively without another player scoring in between.

Check this out. Was I destined to write about hockey or what?: My birthday (January 26) is also Wayne Gretzky's birthday and it's the date of the first official hat trick in hockey. The first one happened in Toronto on January 26, 1946. Perfect.

As for the Portland Winterhawks the other night, you didn't miss anything: It was kinda ugly. But bright spots emerged here and there, like a nice breakaway by Buffalo Sabres draft pick Riley Boychuk. Other than that, it was pretty much toast.

He's back. Be very afraid: Marion Gaborik, hampered in recent years by injury and illness, went out and scored his own hat trick in the Rangers' game against the New York Islanders. And it didn't stop there. He added an assist, fired 8 shots on goal and logged more than 20 minutes of ice time.

The future is on the loose in Edmonton: Taylor Hall scored twice, and Jordan Eberle racked up three points with a goal and two assists.

So, since I report on such achievements, perhaps I will get off the 9 - 5 merry-go-round myself: Major dilemma though. Could I make a living off a best selling novel called "The Definitive Anti-Expert's Guide to Hockey?" Discuss.


  1. Hey Samantha, fellow hockey blogger Stu Hackel just moved from the NYTimes to Sports Illustrated. I've posted a link. Being a Ranger fan, it is difficult to watch Sid go on a rampage. We'll have to deal with him for many years to come. It brings back nightmares of when M. Lemieux came into the league and ran roughshod over the old Patrick Division. Yes, they were the Patrick, Adams, Norris and Smythe Divisions in the glorious 80's.

  2. I was a Rangers fan in the 90s when I lived in New York. Unfortunately, they kinda went downhill for a while after the 1994 Stanley Cup, and they didn't need help from Sid Crosby to do it. So...indeed, when it comes to the Rangers and/or Sid, timing is everything.