MONTREAL - Seeing a player score his first NHL hat trick doesn’t happen every day. Someone ought to tell that to the hat-trick happy Habs.
Clearly, the Christmas break did the Canadiens a world of good. After having Andrei Kostitsyn explode for three goals on Saturday, it was Maxim Lapierre’s turn to score his first hat trick on Monday, a natural one no less.
While it may be the first time in team history that two Habs notch their first ever NHL that trick in consecutive games, it was the 12th time since 1926-27 that the Canadiens scored a hat trick in two straight games.
Not since the charts were topped by Right Said Fred in 1991-92 had the Canadiens proven they were “Too sexy for their car” by going on such a hat trick binge. That year, teammates Denis Savard
and Stephan Lebeau
respectively took a bite of the Canucks and Sharks on Feb. 10 and 12.
Prior to that, Jacques Lemaire
and Pierre Mondou
double dipped in 1978-79, with Mondou scoring his against Red Wings on April 4, three days before Lemaire lit the lamp three times against the Capitals.
While such offensive smorgasbords are a rarity in today’s NHL, the Canadiens enjoyed their fair share of goal bonanzas back in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Hat tricks were not only common place back then, but the Habs even went as for as to score more than one on the same night. Thanks to the high-scoring likes of Maurice Richard
, Jean Beliveau
, Bernard Geoffrion
and Co., the Habs managed the feat eight times from 1950 to 1965.
Will the Habs make it three-for-three tonight in Tampa Bay? Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com