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There were four hat tricks in the NHL on Wednesday night with three players reaching the feat for the first time in their careers.
Nicklas Lidstrom, Tomas Fleischmann and Ryan Kesler scored their first tricks, while Drew Stafford posted his third. Through Wednesday's action, there have been 38 hat tricks this season, eight more than at the same point in 2009-10.
Check out each player's goals here:
Hard to believe this was the first career hat trick for Lidstrom. Only took him 1,442 games! (If you missed it, be sure to check out Pierre LeBrun's profile on the Detroit Red Wings defenseman.)
Just over two weeks ago, the Washington Capitals traded Tomas Fleischmann to the Avalanche for Scott Hannan. After scoring just four goals in the 23 games with the Caps before the deal, he now has five goals in seven games with the Avs, including Wednesday's third-period hat trick against the Hawks.
Drew Stafford scored all the goals for Buffalo in its 3-2 win over Boston for his third career NHL hat trick.
Ryan Kesler's goal was a little more dramatic. After the Canucks gave up a third-period lead, he scored in overtime to give Vancouver a 3-2 win over Columbus. (Video: NHL)