Cale Makar registers first career NHL hat trick

Cale Makar (Quintin Soloviev, Wikimedia Commons)

Colorado Avalanche star defenseman Cale Makar of Calgary, Alberta registered his first career National Hockey League hat trick. He accomplished the feat in a dominant 7-2 Avalanche win over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday at the Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado.

Makar first scored at 5:15 of the first period from defenseman Devon Toews of Abbotsford, British Columbia and Nathan MacKinnon of Halifax, Nova Scotia on an all-Canadian goal. Makar then put the Avalanche up 4-2 from Mikko Rantanen and MacKinnon at 16:12 of the second period, and then scored with 34 seconds left in the second period on the power-play from Jonathan Drouin of Ste-Agathe, Quebec and Rantanen to put the Avalanche up 5-2.

Makar actually had a four-point game as he assisted on a goal by MacKinnon. Four Canadians scored for the Avalanche. In addition to Makar and MacKinnon, the Canadians to score were Jean-Luc Foudy of Scarborough, Ontario and Drouin. Three Canadians had a multi-point game. MacKinnon also had four points as he had one goal and three assists, and Drouin had one goal and one assist for two points.

In 2023-24, Makar has 17 goals and 53 assists for 70 points in 59 games. He is a +10 with 14 penalty minutes, 30 power-play points, four shorthanded points, 182 shots on goal, 110 blocked shots, 30 hits, 55 takeaways and 34 giveaways.

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