Zach Hyman registers his fifth career NHL hat trick

Zach Hyman (Jenn G, Wikimedia Commons)

Edmonton Oilers left winger Zach Hyman of Toronto, Ontario registered his fifth career National Hockey League hat trick on Wednesday. He accomplished the feat in a 7-2 Oilers win over the Washington Capitals at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

Hyman’s first goal of the game was the game-winning goal at 11:24 of the first period. Connor McDavid of Richmond Hill, Ontario and defenseman Brett Kulak of Edmonton, Alberta had the assists on an all-Canadian goal. Hyman then scored two goals in the second period. He put the Oilers up 4-2 from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of Burnaby, British Columbia at 14:13 of the middle frame, and then put the Oilers up 5-2 from Evan Bouchard of Oakville, Ontario and Leon Draisaitl on the power-play with 52 seconds left.

Four Canadians had a multi-point game for the Oilers. In addition to Hyman’s hat trick, McDavid had one goal and two assists for three points, and Nugent-Hopkins and Bouchard had two assists each. Other Canadians to score for the Oilers were Connor Brown of Toronto, Ontario and Warren Foegele of Markham, Ontario.

In 2023-24, Hyman has 46 goals and 19 assists for 65 points in 63 games. He is a +30 with 40 penalty minutes, 17 power-play points, six game-winning goals, 228 shots on goal, seven faceoff wins, 32 blocked shots, 57 hits, 32 takeaways, and 16 giveaways.

Hyman’s first career NHL hat trick came on December 13, 2022 in a 6-3 Oilers win over the Nashville Predators. He then scored thrice in a 4-1 Oilers win over the Seattle Kraken on November 11, 2023, three more times in a 6-1 Oilers win over the Carolina Hurricanes on December 6, 2023, and then thrice in a 3-1 Oilers win over the Ottawa Senators on January 6.

With the win, the Oilers improved to a record of 40 wins, 21 regulation losses, and three losses in extra time for 83 points. They are in second place in the Pacific Division.

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