Thursday, March 21, 2013

2013 GHT - Wayne Simmonds - 2 in 3 Games

  Wayne Simmonds had two Gordie Howe Hat Tricks in a three game span.  Chris Stewart was the last player to have two Gordie Howe Hat Tricks in a single season, back in 2009-10.  Simmonds first GHHT of the season came on February 20th versus the Pittsburgh Penguins. Simmonds potted two goals, an assist and had a fight versus Penguins enforcer, Tanner Glass.

  Two games later, on February 23rd, Simmonds does the trick again, this time against the Winnipeg Jets.  Simmonds doesn't pick his spots when it comes to dropping the gloves, as he once against takes on another enforcer, Chris Throburn.  On top of that, Simmonds' goal is the game winning goal, breaking a 3-3 tie in the third period.  Here's a post game interview where he is asked about his Gordie Howe Hat Trick.  The verbal response is typical hockey cliche, but he gives it away with his facial expression.  Simmonds now has three career Gordie Howe Hat Tricks.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

2012-13 GHT: Mike Richards

On February 5, Mike Richards collects his 3rd career Gordie Howe Hat Trick, including one during the last year's play-offs.  The Kings captain sticks up for a teammate after a Brandon Dublinsky drives Rob Scuderi into the board from behind.  Richards and Dubinsky are no strangers as this was the fifth time they had fought each other in the NHL.  Richards racked up 19 minutes of penalites on the play but was still had enough time to finish off the GHHT with a goal in the third.