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Video: Heroics from unlikely source – Sobotka’s hat trick

Mar 9, 2013, 7:16 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 09: Vladimir Sobotka #17 of the St. Louis Blues skates down ice past Ryane Clowe #29 of the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion on March 9, 2013 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Getty Images

St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka is typically not a goal scorer. The fact that he found the back of the net 22 times over 295 career NHL games going into Saturday’s contest is evidence of that.

Sometimes though, a guy like Sobotka will rise to the occasion and dramatically change the course of a game.

Sobotka accounted for all three of St. Louis’ goals through 60 minutes — two more than he had ever previously scored in a single game. With the San Jose Sharks up 3-1 early in the third period, Sobotka found the back of the net twice in the span of just 80 seconds.

If you want to view Sobotka’s hat trick, you can do so below:

Those goals drove Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi out of the game. Alex Stalock replaced him and helped the Sharks hold on long enough to get a point. However, Patrik Berglund netted the overtime winner to complete the Blues 4-3 victory.

  1. leeo00 - Mar 9, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    thats awesome ! sobe is one of the hardest if not the hardest working player on this team day in day out . its pretty cool to see him get a hatty ! LGB

    • soj83 - Mar 9, 2013 at 7:28 PM

      I was just saying the same thing about him before the game. He may be small but he plays like he is 6’3″, first one in the corners, taking a beating in front of the net. He is an underrated player and should be a fan favorite in St. Louis.

  2. sjsharks66 - Mar 9, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    I don’t know why they pulled Nemo. It was not all his fault. The sharks just seemed to give up. Came out hard and just let up way too much.

  3. stevedurbano - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Volodya- hardest working Russian in NHL

  4. thewaytonever - Mar 9, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    i think they pulled nemo to give him a little extra rest since we play tomorrow

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