tells us what it’s like...

…to score four goals in an NHL game

The Hockey News - - Buzz - SAM BEN­NETT

It was a weird night. I didn’t pre­pare any dif­fer­ently than I usu­ally do, but as soon as I stepped on the ice against Florida (on Jan. 13, 2016), the puck was find­ing me. Ev­ery time I took a shot, it felt like it would go in. My first goal gave me con­fi­dence and en­ergy and both kept build­ing as the night went on.

My sec­ond goal stands out clearly. I was com­ing in on Roberto Luongo and, af­ter mak­ing my first move, I tried to pull the puck to my back­hand. But the puck got away from me and slipped right through his legs.

I com­pleted the hat trick in the first pe­riod, and the feel­ing was un­be­liev­able. It was a home game, and I had a smile on my face the whole time the clean-up crew was out there, scoop­ing hats off the ice. I never saw what hap­pened to the hats, and I didn’t get to keep any of them.

By that point, the guys on the bench were jok­ing around, telling me I was go­ing to get six goals that night. I didn’t get six, but with time run­ning down I did get a fourth, and they were all laugh­ing. On top of that, they were happy for me, since I was com­ing out of a long scor­ing slump.

It was a very mem­o­rable night.

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