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Once in a century hat trick history made in NHL openers

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Published on October 6, 2017 10:20AM

Last changed on October 6, 2017 2:11PM

Edmonton Oilers' Oscar Klefbom (77) and Connor McDavid (97) wait for hats to be picked up after Connor McDavid scored a hat trick against the Calgary Flames, during the third period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

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Edmonton Oilers' Oscar Klefbom (77) and Connor McDavid (97) wait for hats to be picked up after Connor McDavid scored a hat trick against the Calgary Flames, during the third period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid, obscured, celebrates his hat trick with teammates, during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

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Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid, obscured, celebrates his hat trick with teammates, during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Philadelphia Flyers' Wayne Simmonds (17) celebrates with teammate Andrew MacDonald (47) after scoring an empty-net goal against the San Jose Sharks during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. Philadelphia won 5-3. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

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Philadelphia Flyers' Wayne Simmonds (17) celebrates with teammate Andrew MacDonald (47) after scoring an empty-net goal against the San Jose Sharks during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. Philadelphia won 5-3. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) celebrates after scoring a goal past San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones (31) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. Philadelphia won 5-3. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

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Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) celebrates after scoring a goal past San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones (31) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. Philadelphia won 5-3. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates his third goal of the game as Ottawa Senators center Jean-Gabriel Pageau (44) skates behind  during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Ottawa, Ontario, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)

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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates his third goal of the game as Ottawa Senators center Jean-Gabriel Pageau (44) skates behind during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Ottawa, Ontario, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin celebrates after scoring against the Ottawa Senators during the shootout in an NHL hockey game in Ottawa, Ontario, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)

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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin celebrates after scoring against the Ottawa Senators during the shootout in an NHL hockey game in Ottawa, Ontario, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)

Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad scores his third goal of the night against the Pittsburgh Penguins, during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Chicago. The Blackhawks won 10-1. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad scores his third goal of the night against the Pittsburgh Penguins, during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Chicago. The Blackhawks won 10-1. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad, left, scores against Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Antti Niemi during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad, left, scores against Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Antti Niemi during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad celebrates after scoring his first goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad celebrates after scoring his first goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)


The hats were flying on the first two nights of the NHL season.

Connor McDavid, Alex Ovechkin, Wayne Simmonds and Brandon Saad each recorded a hat trick in his team's season opener. It's the first time four different players scored at least three goals in his season opener in 100 years, since the NHL's first two games back in 1917.

Ovechkin's hat trick that led the Washington Capitals to a 5-4 shootout victory at Ottawa was the 18th of his career, most among active players and tied for 20th-most all time. Reigning MVP McDavid picked up his second already at age 20.

The hat tricks by McDavid and Simmonds were the first, respectively, in franchise history for the Edmonton Oilers and Philadelphia Flyers in a season opener. Saad's hat trick in a 10-1 drubbing of the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins was the first by a Chicago Blackhawks player in a season opener since Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Hull in 1965.

The four players who scored three-plus goals in the league's first-ever games Joe Malone of the Montreal Canadiens, Harry Hyland of the Montreal Wanderers, Cy Denneny of the Ottawa Senators and Reg Noble of the Toronto Arenas were all alive more than 100 years before McDavid was born.

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Follow Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/SWhyno

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For more AP NHL coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NHLhockey

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This story has been corrected to show Malone played for the Montreal Canadiens.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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