Sean Money Hands
When a player gets his first career hat trick, he’ll most likely make our three stars of the week. And all in one period, too! Sean Monahan got his first ever hat trick against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. And all in the second period to tie up the game after the Calgary Flames were down 3-1 after the first period. Bringing them to a big overtime win!
Via Calgary Sun:
"“I always give him a hard time he doesn’t have a hat-trick and he’s got like a-hundred-and-something goals,” said Monahan’s linemate, close pal and usual assist-provider Johnny Gaudreau. “And now he got his first one, so I’m really happy for him. He deserves it. He played well.” “Johnny found me a couple times,” Monahan said. “And he’s from here and he’s got a lot of people here, so to put the puck in the net for him, it’s nice. And that hat-trick means a lot to me.”"
Monahan could have had a hat trick in 2015-16 against the St. Louis Blues. Him and Michael Frolik each had two goals in the game and there was an empty net. Instead of shooting the puck himself, he decided to pass it to Frolik so he could have the hat trick instead. If you looked up the Webster’s definition of “selfless player”, a picture of Sean Monahan would show up.
Unfortunately, Monahan didn’t get any points in the other two games of the week, but before that, he was on a five-game point streak along with linemate Johnny Gaudreau. However, on Saturday, he made up for those games he didn’t get a point in with three goals and an assist. Technically having four points this past week. He’s now at 20 points in 19 games and is at a pace of over a point per game for the first time in his career.
Monahan’s also projected at having his first ever 40-goal season. His highest came in 2015-15 when he had 31 goals. With all this and his first ever hat trick, he gets our second star of the week.