Canadiens winger Max Pacioretty registered a hat trick in Montreal's 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Although that's a fantastic stat, it won't get you noticed too much. Registering a hat trick and missing two penalty shots? Well, that's history-making.
After scoring in the first period, Pacioretty was on a breakaway just before 12-minute mark of the second frame. Coming close to going up 3-1 at the time, he was dragged down by Vancouver's Raphael Diaz, and awarded a penalty shot, which went sailing wide of the net.
Not two minutes later, Pacioretty was on another breakaway. Again, he was brought down and awarded a penalty shot — the second time ever an NHL player has gotten two in the same game, and the first time in the same period. This time, the Montreal forward lost the puck as he was approaching Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo.
“I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do, actually. There are a few moves I work on in practice, but it's different in a game situation,” Pacioretty told NHL.com after the game. “I was a bit lost on the second shot. I just couldn't believe it was really happening. Maybe I thought a bit too much.”
“It's a little embarrassing, getting two chances and not scoring on either shots.”
But Pacioretty's night wasn't over, and he scored twice in the third period to earn himself the hat trick, the old-fashioned way.