Sampling the Hitchcock BluesMonday, November 07, 2011
This past weekend presented a hat trick of hat tricks for young players. For Matt Duchene and Tyler Seguin, it ended up being the first trios of their careers. It’s never right to look down on an achievement like a hat trick, but surely both Duchene and Seguin must be pleased that their nights featured some brilliant goals to boot.
Meanwhile, Steven Stamkos has already scored a few, but surely he enjoyed doing it in the same period.
It’s possible that those first career hat tricks represented breakthroughs for Duchene (who was shaking off an unusual slump) and Seguin (the second year player is increasing his output in a way that honestly mirrors Stamkos’ sophomore surge). For Stamkos, it was a reminder that he’s already at a top-10 level among goal scoring forwards.
In other words, expect all three to add many more hat tricks in the future – and maybe a few more this season.
Things haven’t been going very well for Dwayne Roloson early on this season. Some might say that he’s been downright awful and those lower moments have only been highlighted by Mathieu Garon’s superior play.
If you believe that just one great game can change things around, then Sunday’s shootout win might be the elixir for Roloson. Guy Boucher pulled Garon after the Lightning fell behind 3-0 in the first period against the Panthers, which allowed Roloson to put together an electrifying performance. He stopped all 29 of the shots he faced and didn’t allow a shootout goal either as Tampa Bay pulled out a win.
Sure, it’s just one game, but it was a tremendous win. We’ll see if that’s enough to turn things around for Roloson – he might be worth a look if you need a goalie and he’s a free agent.
Duncan Keith is apparently still a little banged up, so stay tuned for updates … Steve Ott’s hip pointer could keep him out until Nov. 11 or so ... Clayton Stoner is day-to-day with a finger injury … Ryan Malone and Victor Hedman are both dealing with upper-body injury … Sami Salo and Alexandre Burrows have nagging injuries as well … Nik Antropov and Chris Mason continue to miss action for Winnipeg. (Click here for the full injury list.)