Sharks, Lightning make history in wild game

Sharks, Lightning make history in wild game
January 18, 2014, 4:15 pm
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Joe Pavelski (8) celebrates with Joe Thornton (19) after scoring a goal during the third period on Saturday. (AP)

Some notable stats from the Sharks’ 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, courtesy of Comcast SportsNet stats guru Darin Stephens (@SharksStats):

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- This was the fourth time in NHL history that opposing players (Joe Pavelski and Martin St. Louis) had natural hat tricks in the same game.

- The last time it happened was on Oct. 12, 2006, when San Jose’s Jonathan Cheechoo and Edmonton’s Ryan Smyth each had natural hat tricks.

- Pavelski is the first U.S. born Sharks player with a regular season hat trick since Bill Guerin on Mar. 13, 2007 vs. the Blackhawks.

- St. Louis is the first player to score four goals in a regular season loss since Marc Savard on Apr. 5, 2000 (with Flames, lost 6-5 at Blues).

- St. Louis is the first player to score all four of his team's goals in a loss since Chicago’s Brian Noonan on Dec. 29, 1991, in 6-4 loss against Detroit.

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- The only other player to have four or more goals in a regular season game against the Sharks is current Sharks player development coach Mike Ricci, who had five on Feb. 17, 1994, while playing for the Quebec Nordiques.

- St. Louis’ three first period goals marked the first regular season game in which the Sharks allowed a first period hat trick since Nov. 10, 1997 (Teemu Selanne, Ducks).