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Martin St. Louis gets a hat trick in his 900th game

Feb 4, 2012, 10:04 PM EDT

Martin St. Louis AP

Martin St. Louis’ 900th game in the NHL will go down as one of his finest. St. Louis had a hat trick to lead Tampa Bay to a 6-3 victory over Florida on Saturday. He beat Florida goaltender Scott Clemmensen twice in the second period before cashing in on an empty net in the dying seconds of the game.

St. Louis will turn 37 in June, but he definitely doesn’t play like it. He had one of the best seasons of his career in 2010-11 and he’s up there with Steven Stamkos as one of the Lightning’s top offensive threats again this season. Tampa Bay took a risk when they decided to sign him to a four-year/$22.5 million contract that runs through the 2014-15 season, but don’t be surprised if he ends up earning his pay even in the final year of that deal.

  1. equipmentfreak - Feb 4, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    he is so sick. an amazing player

  2. lightningstrikes04 - Feb 4, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    Marty is one of the most amazing players I have ever had the pleasure of watching. He has never let any of the adversity he faces on a daily basis be an excuse and he continues to be the Lightnings most consistent player, at the age of 36. His statue will be standing next to Espo outside our stadium whenever he finally decides to hang up the skates, and I’m so glad I was able to be at the Tampa Bay Times Forum tonight to witness this great player work his magic.

    • lightningstrikes04 - Feb 4, 2012 at 11:23 PM

      Oh yeah, and props to Stamkos for giving away the empty net goal when he could have easily gone up by another goal, in his quest toward the Rocket Richard trophy. Ultimate respect for one of the games legends.

  3. lsxphotog - Feb 5, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    Don’t look now, but Tampa has its stride back. Marty and Vinny also have their magic working again. The power play has finally stopped playing like its tail is tucked between its legs, and they’re winning big games. Very good to see their focus change since late January. Just keep Gilroy off the ice and I see good things. (yet another goal caused by Gilroy’s lack of awareness on the ice)

  4. yettyskills - Feb 5, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    Didn’t TB and St.Louis heat up this time last year too?

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