Through his first 332 NHL games, Calle Jarnkrok had never netted a hat trick but he notched his first in style as the Nashville Predators defeated the Los Angeles Kings 5-3 on Saturday.
Scoring the first hat trick of his career, the 27-year-old forward is now just seventh player since 2013-14 to pot three goals, three different ways – even strength, shorthanded and on the power play.
In the second period, he scored his first of the night with a top-shelf wrister while teams skated four-on-four. In the third period, he started things off with a power-play goal over Kings goalie Calvin Petersen to tie the game at 3-3. Just over six minutes later he fired a wrister, this time shorthanded, for the hat trick and what proved to be the game-winning goal.
Jarnkrok, who doubled his goal total for the year, netted his first multi-goal game since Nov. 10, 2016. Through 17 games, the 2010 second-round pick of the Detroit Red Wings now has eight points. He is on pace to break his career-high of 19 from last season