Sam Reinhart records third career NHL hat trick


Sam Reinhart (Lisa Gansky, Wikimedia Commons)

Sam Reinhart of Vancouver, British Columbia recorded his third career National Hockey League hat trick on Saturday. Reinhart accomplished the feat in a 5-2 Buffalo Sabres victory over the Washington Capitals at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York.

Reinhart scored his first goal of the game at 12:51 of the first period from Evan Rodrigues of Toronto, Ontario. The goal put the Sabres up 2-0 at the time. Reinhart then scored at 5:43 of the third period from Matt Hunwick and Conor Sheary to put the Sabres up 4-2 and then scored into an empty net from goaltender Carter Hutton of Thunder Bay, Ontario with 56 seconds left in the third period to put the Sabres up 5-2. For Hutton, it was his first assist of the season and fourth assist in his National Hockey League career. The other Canadian to record a point in the Sabres win over the Capitals was Jeff Skinner of Toronto, Ontario, who had an assist on the Sabres’ opening goal of the game from Jason Pomionville.

All three of Reinhart’s NHL career hat tricks have come in Sabres victories. He also scored three goals in one game in a 4-2 Buffalo win over the Winnipeg Jets on January 10, 2016 and in a 7-4 Buffalo win over the Nashville Predators on March 31, 2018.

Reinhart is currently tied for second in Sabres scoring with Skinner. They each have 55 points. Reinhart has 17 goals and 38 assists. The Sabres are presently in fifth place in the Atlantic Division with 66 points.

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