Sidney Crosby notched a hat trick Sunday afternoon as the Penguins beat up on the Florida Panthers, 4-0. The fact it happened Sunday is magical in a few ways.
The superstar took one more step in the race for second all time in Penguins history for hat tricks. He’s tied for third and is now only behind the other half of the two headed monster, team mate Evgeni Malkin. It’s a race for second because no one will ever come close to Mario Lemieux’s 40 on that list. It must be a typo.
Ironically, he passed Mario’s other half, Jaromir Jagr. Jagr just happened to be playing for the Florida Panthers yesterday. Interestingly, he had three chances to prevent the whole thing by taking away Crosby’s second goal.
First he failed to block the pass from Ian Cole, who was just able to hold the puck inside the blue line. Seconds later he just missed knocking the puck off the stick of Conor Sheary.
Moments after that, he came within inches of swiping the puck away from Crosby just before he put it into the back of the net.
In another twist, Sid not only passed Jagr on the all time hat tricks list. He also passed fellow Nova Scotian, Brad Marchand, for the league lead in goals. By awesome coincidence, another Nova Scotian had the best seat in the house to witness it. Watching from ice level was Nova Scotia born and trained referee Jon McIsaac.