CALGARY, AB -- Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley could muster up one word when questioned about Sam Bennett's performance in the team's 6-0 win over the Florida Panthers.
The 19-year-old forward went on a tear on Wednesday night, scoring a hat trick in the span of 16:05 in the first period and finishing the night off by scoring his fourth goal of the night at the 19:35 mark.
Bennett, who broke out of a 18-game scoring slump in Monday's game against the San Jose Sharks, is the first Flames skater to score four goals in a game since Jaroma Iginla did so on Feb. 23, 2003 in a game against the Arizona Coyotes.
"He skated so well," Hartley stated. "Obviously, we knew that he was putting lots of pressure on himself by not scoring. As much as we were talking to him and trying to get him to relax and play the right way, that goal the other night -- that power play goal -- really took lots of pressure away.
"Just right from the start of that period ... he was flying out there. Very happy for him. Great performance, played well, and here's a young kid that's working so hard so it's nice to see he's getting rewarded."
As per Elias Sports Bureau, here are five facts about Bennett's historic night against the Panthers.
1. Bennett, at 19 years and 207 days old, become the third youngest player in NHL history to record four goals in a game. The only two other players who managed such a feat at a younger age were Washington Capitals forward Bobby Carpenter at 18 years and 227 days (Feb. 25, 1982 against the St. Louis Blues) and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Jack Hamilton, who holds the record thanks to his four-goal output at the age of 18 years and 185 days old (Dec. 4, 1943 against the New York Rangers).
2. The Holland Landing, ON product is now the youngest player in Flames franchise history to score a hat trick. Jim Peplinksi previously held the record thanks to his three-goal output on Nov. 17, 1981 against the Winnipeg Jets at the age of 21 years and 24 days.
3. Bennett is now the third youngest NHL player to register a first period hat trick. Buffalo Sabres forward John Tucker did so when he was 19 years and 185 days old, in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Apr. 1, 1984. Toronto forward Ted Kennedy holds the record at the age of 19 years and 28 days, scoring three goals against the New York Rangers on Jan. 9, 1945.
4. He is now the third rookie in Flames franchise history to net four goals in a single game. Joe Nieuwendyk did so twice in the 1987-88 season (Nov. 19, 1987 against the Quebec Nordiques and Dec. 13, 1987 against the Buffalo Sabres) while Jiri Hrdina did so on Nov. 7, 1988 against the Hartford Whalers.
5. The 19-year-old is just the fourth Flames player to score three goals in the first period of a game. Paul Reinhart did so on Nov. 24, 1986 against the Edmonton Oilers, Brian MacLennan netted three goals against the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 14, 1990, and Nieuwendyk put three goals past the Vancouver Canucks in the first period on Dec. 14, 1993.