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Wheeler's hat trick a treat for Jets fans

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There are plenty of NHL fans in Winnipeg looking for new headwear this morning thanks to Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler.

Wheeler had a first-period hat trick in a 7-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Bell MTS Place on Sunday. Wheeler's hat trick, which came in a span of 4:20, was the first first-period hat trick in Jets/Atlanta Thrashers history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He also set a franchise record for fastest three goals by one player, breaking the previous mark of 6:51 set by Ilya Kovalchuk at the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Feb. 15, 2009.

But Jets fans aren't the only ones tossing their hats on the ice. There have been 14 hat tricks this season, the most through 169 games since 1994-95, when there were 15 in the same number of games. New York Islanders forward John Tavares, who has hat tricks in back-to-back games, will try to do it for the third straight game when the Islanders play the Vegas Golden Knights at Barclays Center on Monday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV).

 

Welcome back, old friend

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Patrick Marleau knows his return to San Jose, where he spent the first 19 season of his NHL career, to play the Sharks will be an emotional one.

 

Team of the future

The Arizona Coyotes are taking their lumps now, but the young team has plenty to be excited about in the future, including talented rookie forward Clayton Keller, who is just 19 years old.

 

Super Mario's moment

Let's all relive one of Mario Lemieux's greatest goals, shall we? There's never a bad time to do that.

 

Here's Johnny … eventually

Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau may be quick, but he's in no hurry. If that doesn't make sense to you, check out his incredible patience on this assist to Sean Monahan in a 2-1 win against the Washington Capitals.

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