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Hat trick by Patrik Laine impresses Teemu Selanne

OT goal by Jets rookie to defeat Auston Matthews, Maple Leafs ignites social media @NHL

The game between the No. 1 and No. 2 picks from the 2016 NHL Draft in Winnipeg on Wednesday did not disappoint and it caught the attention of retired NHL forward Teemu Selanne.

Patrik Laine, drafted by the Winnipeg Jets with the No. 2 pick, pulled even with Auston Matthews, the No. 1 pick by the Toronto Maple Leafs, as the leading goal-scorer in the NHL with a hat trick.

Laine's third goal, at 3:40 of overtime, capped Winnipeg's furious five-goal rally in a 5-4 win against the Maple Leafs and came seconds after Jets goalie Michael Hutchinson stopped Matthews on a breakaway, 

The feat set social media ablaze and impressed Selanne, who retired after the 2013-14 season with 684 NHL goals and 1,457 points.

Tweet from @TeemuSel8nne: New sheriff in town...������ Congrats Patrick Laine ���� �� wow...

Tweet from @NHLJets: Comeback complete.Hat trick complete.

Tweet from @NHL: It's raining hats in Winnipeg.

Tweet from @KevinWeekes: Wowwwww the @NHLJets Laine & @MapleLeafs Matthews Show is must see TV for next several yrs ����

Tweet from @JeffMarek: Laine with the hat trick to beat the Maple Leafs in OT. Just as the script was written. Great performance.

Tweet from @Jeremywilhelm: We could call him "Hattrick" Laine now, no?

Tweet from @marjoriedowhos: "It's cool." #NHLJets rookie Patrik Laine on getting his 1st NHL hat trick in a 5-4 OT victory over the Leafs. (Julianne Runne/CBC) #cbcmb

The finish, when Matthews was stopped and Laine scored, conjured flashbacks to the time the top two picks of the 2015 NHL Draft faced off. Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel, the No. 2 pick, was stopped on one end, and Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, the No. 1 pick, scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 overtime victory on March 1 in Buffalo.

Tweet from @Real_ESPNLeBrun: Matthews stopped at one end and Laine scores to end it at another. Reminds me of Eichel/McDavid game last season. Great stuff

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