Playing in Minnesota for the first time as an NHLer on March 20, P.K. Subban
didn’t take long to etch his name into the Canadiens’ record books against the Wild.
After wheeling around the entire Wild zone, Subban slips a highlight-reel goal past Jose Theodore for his first goal of the night. The 21-year-old then fired a rocket past Niklas Backstrom – called in to replace Theodore mid-way through the game – before making it rain hats (and tuques, thanks to Carey Price
…) by notching his third goal of the evening.
With the trio of goals, Subban became the first rookie defenseman in 102 seasons to score a hat trick, a feat that eluded even future Hall-of-Famers like Doug Harvey, Larry Robinson, Guy Lapointe, Chris Chelios et al. in their inaugural campaigns.