Ryan O’Reilly records third career NHL hat trick

Ryan O’Reilly (Fanny Schertzer, Wikimedia Commons)

Ryan O’Reilly of Clinton, Ontario recorded his third career National Hockey League hat trick on Saturday. The St. Louis Blues captain had a four-point game (three goals and one assist) in a 5-3 Blues win over the Colorado Avalanche on April 24, 2021.

O’Reilly scored the first two Blues goals of the game. After trailing 2-0 to the Colorado Avalanche near the mid-way mark of the first period, O’Reilly put the Blues on the scoreboard at 9:49 of the first period from Brayden Schenn of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He then tied the game at two goals apiece from Schenn and Colton Parayko of St. Albert, Alberta at 12:40 of the first period. Then, OReilly scored the empty netter at 18:25 of the third period from Tyler Bozak of Regina, Saskatchewan to conclude the scoring in the hockey game.

O’Reilly was one of two Canadians with a multi-point game. Schenn had two assists. The other Blues player with a multi-point game was defenseman Torey Krug, who also had two assists. The two other Blues players with a goal were Mike Hoffman of Kitchener, Ontario, and Ivan Barbashev.

O’Reilly’s two prior hat tricks came in a 4-1 Blues win over the Carolina Hurricanes on November 6, 2018, and in a 9-1 Blues win over the Minnesota Wild on April 9, 2021. On the season, O’Reilly has 20 goals and 23 assists for 43 points. He is also a +19 with nine power-play points, one shorthanded point, three game-winning goals, 102 shots on goal, 579 faceoff wins, 20 blocked shots, 21 hits, 30 takeaways, and 17 giveaways.

With the win, the Blues improve to a record of 20 wins, 19 regulation losses, and six losses in extra time for 46 points. They are one point back of the fourth-place Arizona Coyotes in the West Division.

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