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Breaking Down Teravainen's Hat Trick

Inside the plays that led to Teravainen's first-career hat trick

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

Teuvo Teravainen was rushed by a bevy of cameras and microphones and recorders and phones and maybe even a notepad or two after the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Dallas Stars 5-1 on Monday.

That much wasn't all that unusual, especially after a big win at home.

What was a first - all of the hats that surrounded Teravainen in his stall, scooped off the ice and delivered to the player whose first-career hat trick lifted the Hurricanes to victory.

"It's a good collection," he said with a smile.

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It took Teravainen just seven minutes and five seconds to net three straight goals, his fourth, fifth and sixth of the season, and he became the first Hurricane to record a natural hat trick since Eric Staal did so in December 2010.

Let's break down each of the three goals from the Finn affectionately known as "Turbo."

First Goal: Teravainen (4) from Staal (5) and Aho (9) at 2:39 of the third period (PPG)

On the Hurricanes' fourth and final power play of the game, the puck worked its way down low, where Sebastian Aho won a 2-on-1 battle. Jordan Staal supported and grabbed the puck as it squirted free. Staal brought it out from below the goal line and fired it over to Teravainen near the left point. Teravainen walked with it, giving Elias Lindholm time to slide in front of Ben Bishop, and then ripped a slap shot that eluded Bishop's sweeping glove.

"We've been talking about shooting more. Lindy was making a good screen, and the goalie couldn't see the puck. I just tried to get it to the net, and luckily it went in," Teravainen said after the game. "Shoot some pucks, get some rebounds, get some action."

"That was a real good screen," head coach Bill Peters said. "Lindy was in his eyes."

The traffic in front of the net was the key to the Hurricanes scoring their first power play goal in six games.

"It's been frustrating all throughout the room," Staal said. "It's nice to see us get rewarded with a simple shot with a great screen."

Video: DAL@CAR: Teravainen cranks top-shelf blast for PPG

Second Goal: Teravainen (5) from Slavin (3) and Staal (6) at 6:51 of the third period

This play started with a defensive zone faceoff win off the stick of Staal. The puck slid to the near corner, where Jaccob Slavin retrieved it, looked up and found Teravainen scooting out of the zone. Slavin flipped the puck up in the air, where Teravainen batted it down and settled it onto his tape in the neutral zone. Staal joined the rush and made a beeline to the net while Teravainen walked with the puck atop the far faceoff circle. John Klingberg shadowed Staal as the two crossed in front of Bishop, and that's when Teravainen let a wrist shot go that deflected off Klingberg's stick and in.

"I wouldn't say it's a set play to necessarily put it on his tape like that or have him bat it down like he did, but it's just a play for us as a defensive zone start just to get the puck out of the zone," Slavin said.

"We executed pretty good," Teravainen said. "We just tried to get it out of the zone. Slavo made a good flip right on my tape. I saw Jordo going to the net, so I just tried to shoot there and see what happened."

"My job was to flip it out," Slavin said. "He did the rest."

Primary and secondary assists off a defensive-zone faceoff win - that's a good night.

"I'll take it," Slavin said with a smile.

Video: DAL@CAR: Teravainen scores on redirected wrist shot

Third Goal: Teravainen (6) from Staal (7) and Aho (10) at 9:44 of the third period

The Aho-Staal-Teravainen line was doing work all game and especially in the third period, and this shift typified their grinding, dominant effort.

Dallas was trying to break the puck out of their own zone, but they were swallowed up by the forechecking pressure of Staal and Aho. Aho shoved Klingberg off the puck below the goal line. Staal handled it along the near boards, but Tyler Seguin gained control of the puck - until Aho smacked it off his stick back to Staal, who fought off both Seguin and Mattias Janmark to find Teravainen streaking in between the circles for the one-timer. Goal. Hat trick.

"It was a great forecheck by Seabass, who's continually pestering guys. They were trying to make little plays like we do coming out of the zone, and it just didn't work out for them. We continued to press on them, and we got a quick bounce," Staal said. "I actually heard Turbo, so he said some words out there, and he was open. Great release and shot. It was a lot of good things that happened on that one shift."

"I was just coming from the bench. They won the puck battle in the corner. I was just coming into the zone, so it was good timing. Jordo got the puck, and I shot it," Teravainen said. "I just felt hot right there."

Video: DAL@CAR: Teravainen buries one-timer for hat trick

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