tells us what it’s like...
…to score four goals in an NHL game
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.