Parise Scores 1st Single-Period Hat Trick in Wild History

March 25th, 2016 by Bleacher Report Milestones Leave a reply »
Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise became the first player in franchise history to score three goals in a single period, recording a hat trick in the first period of Thursday's 6-2 win over the Calgary Flames, per Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN Stats & Info).

Parise scored his 20th, 21st and 22nd goals of the season at 5:21, 6:07 and 16:33 (power play) of Thursday's opening period, with defenseman Mike Reilly, center Charlie Coyle and defenseman Ryan Suter, respectively, picking up the first assists. Interestingly enough, center Mikko Koivu was credited with the second assist on all three goals, bringing his total to 36 for the season.

Parise also added an assist on a second-period goal from defenseman Jared Spurgeon, who later found the back of the net for a second time, giving him the first multigoal game of his six-year career.

Parise, of course, hasn't lacked for multigoal games, but Thursday's performance only marked the fifth hat trick of his impressive 11-year career (755 games), per Sportsnet Stats.

He did have one earlier this season, leading the Wild to a 5-4 victory over the rival Colorado Avalanche in the season opene ...

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