NHL Slap Shots: We have a Gordie Howe hat trick

By Joseph Fazio

Sports Blogger

@JosephDFazio

 

Tarasenko nets Gordie Howe hat trick against Oilers

(Jumpy News, Flickr)

Vladimir Tarasenko and the St. Louis Blues dominated the ice against the Edmonton Oilers in a 8-4 win. The game was a rare occasion, as Tarasenko achieved the infamous Gordie Howe hat trick. Where a normal hat trick consists of three goals, a Gordie Howe hat trick is when a player scores a goal, an assist and gets into a fight. Only minutes into the game, Tarasenko netted his 11th goal of the year off a pass from left winger Jaden Schwartz. In the second period, it was Schwartz who scoring with an assist from Tarasenko. Three minutes later, defenseman Matthew Benning and Tarasenko dropped the gloves, each receiving a five-minute major penalty for fighting. In Tarasenko’s six-year career, he has been in only three fights. With still half of the game to go, Tarasenko achieved his second-career Gordie Howe hat trick. Later in the game, he added another assist and goal finishing with a season-high four points. Tarasenko has jumped to the No. 8 position in points after this week with 28.

Will the Bruins trade Rask

Goaltender Tuukka Rask has been the Boston Bruins main goalie since the 2013 season. When former Bruins’ goaltender Tim Thomas told the Bruins he was going to sit out the 2013 season, Rask became the Bruins’ main man. That season, Rask was a key member in the Bruins’ run to the Stanley Cup Finals, where they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games. The Bruins would continue to see success the following season. However, the past three seasons saw the Bruins miss or barely make the playoffs.

Last season, Rask recorded a career-high 37 wins. However, Rask had his worst career save percentage, saving .915 percent of opposing shots. Rask suffered a concussion in practice mid-October this season. Since coming back, Rask’s record has dropped to 3-8-2. Goaltender Anton Khudobin has been Rask’s backup, playing in the starting position while Rask was out. Khudobin shocked many fans, going 7-0-2, only losing twice during overtime. Khudobin is also having a career year, allowing only 2.22 goals per game with a .932 save percentage. At this moment, the Bruins are in desperate need of some help on defense. If they were to trade Rask to a team that needs a goalie such as the Edmonton or Winnipeg, the Bruins could get a great defenseman in return.

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