The finest moments of offensive-minded defenseman Andy Delmore's NHL career came during the Philadelphia Flyers' 2000 Eastern Conference semifinal against the Pittsburgh Penguins. In Game Three, Delmore scored a pair of goals including one in overtime as the Flyers won for the first time in the series.
After the visiting Flyers prevailed in an epic five-overtime marathon in Game Four, the tied series returned to Philadelphia. On the afternoon of Game Five, Delmore bettered his Game Two heroics by racking up a power play goal and two even-strength tallies in a 6-3 Flyers romp.
Delmore's first goal gave the Flyers' a 2-0 lead in the first period, as he found the mark on a slap shot from the point. He scored his second late in the second period, pinching down to the slot to receive a John LeClair pass and beat goaltender Ron Tugnutt up high to open a 5-1 lead. He finished off the hat trick at 5:17 of the third period.
The 23-year-old Delmore became the first NHL rookie defenseman -and the first Flyers defenseman - to score a playoff hat trick. He also became the first NHL rookie defenseman to have two multi-goal games in a playoff series.
The Flyers would go on to close out the series with a 2-1 win in Game Six in Pittsburgh.