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Carter scores Canada’s first natural hat trick at Olympics in 58 years

Feb 14, 2014, 1:48 PM EDT

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Though he came into today as Canada’s 13th forward, Jeff Carter managed to put himself in the history books.

Carter scored a natural hat trick during the second period of Canada’s game against Austria, becoming the first Canadian to do so in Olympic competition since Paul Knox did it against Austria (oddly enough) at the 1956 Games in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.

Carter started his one-man scoring assault just 2:39 into the second, jumping out of the penalty box to force a turnover and bang home a rebound. He then proceeded to score at the 4:09 and 14:33 marks to finish the job, a feat made even more impressive by the fact he only had 5:27 ice time through two periods — and had just five total shots on goal.

VIDEO: Highlights from Canada’s impressive win

San Jose forward Patrick Marleau assisted on all three Carter goals, and Canada went into the second period holding a 6-0 lead.

  1. sjsblitz - Feb 14, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    LA Kings forward with 3 goals, SJ Shark forward with primary assist on all 3 goals. The hockey world is funny

    • r8rbhawk - Feb 14, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      good point. What I liked from the US game yesterday was seeing Brown and Kesler joking on the bench and even better, Peter Laviolette and Dan Bylsma working with each other behind the bench. Country first!

      • jpelle82 - Feb 14, 2014 at 3:36 PM

        well they are civilized human beings, its not like putting bloods and crips in a holding cell together. have you ever gotten in a hockey fight before? it usually ends right there, at least for me it did. not something you carry off the rink or even into the next week. we as fans hate to hear that as we love our rivalries, but these guys know each other and its a very small world for them.

    • ron05342 - Feb 14, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      But where is sjsharks66 with his Carter-hate now? He is conspicuously absent, it seems. :)

      • patthehockeyfan - Feb 14, 2014 at 4:57 PM

        And if he did post, someone would criticize him.

        Damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t.

        P.S. A smiley face, ron?

      • ron05342 - Feb 14, 2014 at 5:55 PM

        @ patthehockeyfan: Yes, I am all smiles today.

        And too bad if you think its damned if he does, or damned if he doesn’t. He opened this can of worms, now time to face the music.

        Who are you anyway, his defender?

    • blomfeld - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:58 AM

      friend, I’ve been saying for months now that the NHL’s ‘new’ balance of power lies clearly in California, with Staples Center being the ‘supreme’ epicenter … good times ! :)

      GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. bucrightoff - Feb 14, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Carter and Marleau look great together. Kunitz looks like he should be in the press box.

  3. qauzaq - Feb 14, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    That will silence that Carter haters haha.

  4. joey4id - Feb 14, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Gir-who?

    • claudegirwho - Feb 14, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      Yes?

  5. Hockeyfan - Feb 15, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Carter had something to prove after his fair performance in the earlier game. He got lucky at least on that first goal. Right place right time kind of goals.

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