Two Philadelphia Flyers players recorded Gordie Howe Hat Tricks in their Thursday game against the New York Islanders.
Forwards Dale Weise and Wayne Simmonds each scored a goal, notched an assist and had a fight as their team built a 5-0 lead in the first period.
Weise’s goal came at the 4:30 mark of the frame and put the Flyers ahead 1-0.
He then got an assist at the 8:06 mark on Radko Gudas’ goal that put the team up 3-0. Shortly after the goal, Weise got into a fight with New York defenseman Travis Hamonic. New York later announced Hamonic would not return because of an upper-body injury.
“Hamonic kind of came over and asked me for a fight,” Weise said according to Philly.com. “He’s a good Winnipeg boy, so I thought I’d give him one there.”
Simmonds assisted on Jordan Weal’s goal at the 9:19 mark to make the game 4-0 in favor of Philly and then scored his 30th goal of the season at the 15:42 mark of the frame to put the Flyers ahead 5-0.
At the 19:53 mark he fought with New York forward Anders Lee, completing his Gordie Howe Hat Trick.
The Flyers ended up winning 6-3. They currently have 82 points, six back of the Boston Bruins for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.
“You can’t draw up a better start than that,” Weise added. “When you see some of the goals we’re scoring – just go to the net and get rebounds – it makes you wonder where a couple of those have been.”
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