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Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Gordie Howe hat trick for Henrique

By Katie Strang

Devils center Adam Henrique has surpassed expectations in many ways this season -- he trails Ryan Nugent-Hopkins by only one point on the list in the league's rookie scoring leaders -- and he continued to do so last night in the Devils 6-3 loss to Calgary.

The 21-year-old forward, who figures to be one of the leading candidates for the NHL's Calder Trophy, added to his 34-point rookie campaign with a surprising Gordie Howe hat trick -- a goal, an assist and a fight.

After a hard hit on Jarome Iginla in the first, Henrique accepted the challenge to drop the gloves against the well-respected Flames captain at 13:53 of the first. It was his first professional fight.

Henrique also tallied a shorthanded goal and added a helper on Ilya Kovalchuk's 16th of the season in the second period.

For more about Henrique's night, read about it from The Bergen Record's Tom Gulitti here and Newark Star-Ledger's Rich Chere here.