Lightning’s Namestnikov has a Hat Trick in win

by Gary Shelton on January 16, 2016 · 0 comments

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Namestnikov had his first Hat Trick against Penguins.

Namestnikov had his first Hat Trick against Penguins.

Saturday, 12:03 a.m.

The first goal was a finger-snap. It came about the time you heard the puck hit the ice.

Less than two minutes into the game, and Vladimir Namestikov was on the boards. It was his seventh goal of the season, which means it wasn't totally unexpected, but it was like found money nevertheless. That quick, and the Lightning had a lead.

The second goal, a deflection of a Victor Hedman shot, put the Bolts up 3-1. It came midway through the second period, and in ensured that Namestnikov was on his way to a memorable night. He is 23, after all, a hockey player in the family business of hockey.

Ah, but the third goal. That was the special that. That was the one that left people wondering what size hat he wore, and then it was raining caps. That was the one he'll remember. It

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