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Staal’s hat trick on hat night

On Thursday, the official announcement of a poorly kept secret came:  Raleigh has been awarded the 2011 All-Star Game.  The press conference came on the lawn of the RBC Center where the Caniacs gathered for the last time this season. 

The Habs needed one point to clinch a playoff position, but the Canes played spoiler.  Behind a five point night from Eric Staal and a four point night from Chad LaRose, Carolina sent the fans home happy with a 5-2 win.  On the way in the arena, fans were given ball caps.  Not very many of them left the arena thanks to a hat trick by Staal.  He now has 29 on the season and will have a good chance to reach 30 for the fifth consecutive season.

The hat night hat trick is, if I’m remembering correctly, the fourth time in Hurricanes history that this has happened.

Josef Vasicek scored the only three goals of the game in a 3-0 win against San Jose on October 28, 2003
Staal scored thrice in a 4-2 win over St. Louis on January 16, 2006.

Eric Staal now has 10 career hat tricks.  He’s passed Ron Francis for sole possession of first place in franchise history in that department. 

If the captain can get one goal against Boston on Saturday, it’ll mean that he’s scored 30 or more in each of the last five seasons.  Jerome Iginla, Ilya Kovalchuk, Dany Heatley and Alexander Ovechkin are the only other players who have done that. 

In other news, Rod Brind’Amour’s parents were in attendance.  Sorta makes you think that he’s going to retire when this season is over. 

Chad LaRose scored two goals tonight, including a sweet one while he was flying through the air like Bobby Orr. He also assisted on two goals, giving him his first four-point night.  Staal assisted both LaRose goals for a total of five points tonight and nine (5/4) in his last two games.

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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science.  He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows.  Sometimes, all in the same day. 

David has contributed to CBC.ca for their Stanley Cup playoff coverage in 2006 and to the New York Times Slapshot blog for theirs in 2008. Red and Black Hockey was founded in July of 2005.