A lot of people are going shopping Saturday for a new hat. There were three hat tricks from five games last night, and each one was completed in the final 32 seconds of the game, two into empty nets.
--Rene Bourque's hat trick - one shorthanded - and assist helped Calgary rout Columbus, 6-2. As I predicted, Steve Mason got bombed. Jarome Iginla notched three assists. Jay Bouwmeester recorded his first point of the season for Calgary. Yeah. I'd much rather have him over Dion Phaneuf.
--I correctly predicted Tampa Bay's 5-2 victory over Atlanta thanks in part to Steven Stamkos' hat trick and one assist.
--Daniel Alfredsson scored three times and Ottawa doubled up Buffalo, 4-2, unlike what I predicted. Tim Connolly made an appearance for the Sabres, netting both goals.
Behind two goals from David Perron and a late power play marker by Patrik Berglund, St. Louis snapped Chicago's four-game win streak, 4-2. The Blackhawks were limited offensively as Jaroslav Halak needed to make just 23 saves.
What goes around comes around
This one has dual meaning. First, Minnesota's grinders did much of the damage Thursday in a win over Edmonton. This time, Minnesota fell victim to another team's grinders. Plus, Vancouver avenged their embarrassing 6-2 loss at Minnesota by romping over the Wild, 5-1, behind two goals and an assist from Manny Malhotra.