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Video: Jeff Carter collects natural hat trick

Mar 5, 2013, 1:26 AM EST

Jeff Carter and the Los Angeles Kings are red-hot right now.

The Kings have won eight of their last 10 games, with Carter leading the way. The 28-year-old’s five-game goal-scoring streak ended on Saturday against Vancouver, so he made up for lost time with a natural hat trick as Los Angeles crushed the Nashville Predators 5-1 on Monday.

Here’s video evidence of the trio, which happened on free hat night.

Carter’s second and third goals came during a disastrous third period for Pekka Rinne, who was pulled after allowing five goals on 13 shots overall (four of which came in a dizzying span in the final frame).

This is the second time Carter has collected a hat trick against Barry Trotz’s team. His first one came on Dec. 22, 2011, during his ill-fated run with the Columbus Blue Jackets. (Trotz wasn’t impressed, though.)

Carter now has an amusingly imbalanced stat line: 14 goals and just two assists for 16 points in 20 games.

Jonathan Bernier is the other Kings player who loves sticking it to the Predators. His record against Nashville is now 7-1-0. With Jonathan Quick struggling, other teams might start seeing more of the other Jonathan.

  1. blomfeld - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    CARTER ROCKS !!!

    That was exactly what the doctor ordered after that upsetting BS on Saturday night. Way to go Jeff! Way to step up and “personally” get things back on track for us! And way to go Bernier for picking up the slack while Quickie works on his recovery. Blessed is this team and blessed are it’s fans! :) :) :)

    GO KINGS GO !!! :)

    We’re the “best” man and don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise !!! :)

  2. ron05342 - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    Was at the game, never seen so many hats on the ice ever.

    You just KNEW that was going to happen on hat giveaway night! :D

    • blomfeld - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      Ron = Excellent LA Kings Fan !

      Friend, that must have been a great time there last night eh? Anyway, I’m just curious as to what your take is on Quick, as he doesn’t seem right at the moment? Do you think the big contract has softened his resolve or is it just a case of taking time to recover from the back surgery? I personally suspect that it must be the latter.

      ps: what’s comrade O’Brien inferring above with his statement “here’s video evidence” etc ? … almost like we’re in a courtroom or something eh ? :)

      • ron05342 - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:33 AM

        I think its becoming more obvious Bernier is no. 1 goalie on the team, even though everyone in Kings land is saying Quick is still the no. 1.

        Quick needs his confidence back. He is scrambling too much in the goal mouth, and letting in goals that he would easily defend last season. He has shown signs of his brilliance from last season only fleetingly here. The talent is still there obviously, he just needs to settle down.

        We’ll see how he does tonight as he gets the call against St. Louis.

  3. barroomhero80 - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    GO KINGS GO!!

  4. manchestermiracle - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    It’s good the Kings have chosen to keep Bernier, as Quick has been nothing like last year’s stopper yet. Platooning the two of them might not be good for either, but if JB keeps playing at this level he could eventually be considered the main man by Sutter.

    Quickie’s contract would make it harder to trade him, but it also doesn’t make much sense to pay him that much to be a backup. If Quick returns to form Bernier becomes the expendable one and would bring quite a bit in return. Such a nice problem to have. Keeping both would be ideal, but Bernier deserves a chance to be someone’s #1, especially after his stellar play of late.

  5. kingsforever - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Oh hey Ron…I remember saying something about a French Jonathan being the number 1 and was just dismissed. Bernier is our starter now

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