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Steven Stamkos Scores Natural Hat Trick Against Maple Leafs

Is there anything Steven Stamkos can’t do? This season we learned that he is not invincible, as he suffered an injury that knocked him out for around 4 months, but then we learned that he can recoup like a super human and return to play top notch hockey. Last night he once again showed the NHL that he is one of the elite scorers in the game today. There was less than 7 minutes on the clock during the first period, the Tampa Bay Lightning were taking on the Toronto Maple Leafs, enter Steven Stamkos…

The Maple Leafs were winning 2-1, but then Stamkos scored his 17th, 18th, and 19th goals of the season – it took him part of two periods to do so, but no other player scored in the meantime, making it a natural hat trick. The Lightning went on to win the game by a final score of 5-3, and it was Stamkos’ three goals that lead his team to victory.

Not familiar with the term natural hat trick? Here is the definition from SportingCharts.com

There are two types of natural hat tricks. The first definition is a player scoring three goals in the course of a single period. The second definition (and more common) states that a player scores his three goals all in a row, with no other player scoring a goal in between his goals.

 

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