On the very same night, two very different players recorded the first Gordie Howe hat tricks of their careers. Watch as Vladimir Tarasenko and Dale Weise complete the feat on Thursday.
It might be time we start wondering if there’s anything Vladimir Tarasenko won’t do this season. Thursday night, when the St. Louis Blues played host to the Nashville Predators, the Blues winger registered his second hat trick of the season, only this one was of the Gordie Howe variety.
The Blues goal-scoring sensation got the assist out of the way early in the game and would add the goal late in the second period. But the highlight, of course, is the “fight”:
His run in to the pile up looks like it’s taken straight from an old wrestling pay-per-view. Tarasenko comes out of nowhere and flies into the pile to get after Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis. While the referees broke the fight up before anything could really happen, it may be for the best. From what little of Tarasenko’s fighting style we got to see, it looked as though it was about to be shades of Alexander Semin’s bongo beating.
As for Montreal winger Dale Weise, affectionately known as ‘Dutch Gretzky’, his Gordie Howe hat trick came off a goal in penalty shot fashion. It seems the Canadiens were so ecstatic about the feat that they packaged it up in one, easy to digest video:
Neither fight was much to write home about, but you’ve got to give it to Weise. The penalty shot tally was a nice release, his feed to Max Pacioretty was a nice piece of passing, and the fight involved some punches.
The Gordie Howe hat trick honors are the first for either player in the NHL. While you maybe shouldn’t count on seeing it from Tarasenko again, it’s not farfetched to think this may be the first of a few for Weise.