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Pavelski’s first hat trick follows St. Louis’ impressive work as Sharks win

Jan 18, 2014, 5:11 PM EDT

It’s not often that a natural hat trick (which included a game-winner) gets upstaged, but that’s probably true for Joe Pavelski‘s first career trio on Saturday. Still, he probably wasn’t too unhappy, as his San Jose Sharks won 5-4 against the Tampa Bay Lightning despite Martin St. Louisoutstanding four-goal game.

Maybe it’s fitting that Pavelski’s hat trick seemed kind of anticlimactic, as it originally seemed like Matt Irwin scored the third goal. Here are clips of his tallies:

The U.S. Olympian’s excellent overall play hasn’t gone totally under the radar, though, especially what he’s done alongside Joe Thornton:

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 18, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Ummmm what? He’s almost making me hope Stamkos won’t be ready for Sochi.

  2. narfmoo12 - Jan 18, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    But Carter, Nash, and Kunitz are Olympians

    • c9castine - Jan 18, 2014 at 7:34 PM

      how does kunitz compare to those two.

      • mrpinkca - Jan 18, 2014 at 8:56 PM

        Nobody knows.

  3. sjsharks66 - Jan 18, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Great come back by the Sharks. Again they played a full 60 minute game. Congrats Pavs, too bad it was not at the Tank!

  4. csilojohnson - Jan 18, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    More points, better +/-.

  5. tru2joelu4eva - Jan 19, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    this is amazing. go hockey

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