Jonathan Marchessault records eighth career NHL hat trick

Jonathan Marchessault (Michael Miller, Wikimedia Commons)

Jonathan Marchessault of Cap-Rouge, Quebec recorded his eighth career National Hockey League hat trick on Saturday. He accomplished the feat in a 5-3 Vegas Golden Knights win over the Detroit Red Wings at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada.

Marchessault put the Golden Knights up 2-0 at 14:36 of the first period from Jack Eichel and Noah Hanifin. Marchessault then scored the game-winning goal with two minutes and 44 seconds left in the third period to break a 3-3 tie, and then scored into an empty net from Barbashev and Hanifin to close out the scoring with one minute and seven seconds left in regulation.

One other Canadian scored for the Golden Knights. That was defenseman Brayden, Saskatchewan, who scored his third goal of the year.

In 2023-24, Marchessault has 35 goals and 21 assists for 56 points in 64 games. He is a +3 with 30 penalty minutes, 13 power-play points, three game-winning goals, 218 shots on goal, six faceoff wins, 18 blocked shots, 78 hits, 36 takeaways, and 30 giveaways. Of Marchessault’s eight NHL hat tricks, seven have been with the Golden Knights and one with the Florida Panthers.

With the win, the Golden Knights improve to a record of 34 wins, 23 regulation losses, and seven losses in extra time. They are tied for third place in the Pacific Division with the Los Angeles Kings. Both teams have 75 points.

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