Former Colorado College standout Jaccob Slavin recorded his first pro hat trick and became the first former Tigers defenseman to accomplish that in the NHL.
The last former Tiger to record a hat trick was St. Louis forward Jaden Schwartz on April 4, 2015 – the fourth anniversary of his sister Mandi’s death.
Slavin’s three goals helped the Carolina Hurricanes to an 8-4 win against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center on Monday night.
"Feels pretty good," Slavin told nhl.com. He told the NHL staff writer that his previous hat trick was "maybe [in] mini-mites.”
Slavin’s first goal tied the game at 1-1 with 5:46 left in the first period.
"I was just trying to throw it to the net and see what could happen," Slavin told a Hurricanes staff writer. "It ended up going into the net."
He then added a shorthanded goal with 8:16 left in the second.
On the shorty, Slavin poked the puck away from the Islanders' Brock Nelson at the blue line and then won the race to the puck through the neutral zone before poking the puck in. That goal was the Hurricanes' fourth in a span of about five minutes to make it a 6-3 score.
"He was going back to get it, and I saw a chance to jump," Slavin said. "Going down on the goalie, I guess I've done that move a couple times in practice, and I've always wanted to do it in the shootout. I finally pulled it off in a real game."
He completed the hat trick with 9:03 left in the thirds for the final goal by firing a long-range shot that went off an Islanders defenseman’s stick and in.
Here is a video of the game highlights.
“As a team, we were playing quick tonight,” Slavin said. “We played fast through the neutral zone and got some puck in and worked them in the offensive zone."
Slavin had two goals through 65 games this season before Monday. His hat trick was the first for a Hurricanes defenseman since Joe Corvo versus Ottawa on March 16, 2008. His four points were the most by an NHL defenseman since Brent Burns in 2013.