For the second time in three games, Wayne Simmonds collected a Gordie Howe hat trick – at least one goal, assist and fight – as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-3. (He didn’t pull anyone’s hair, though.)
Here’s video of the feat:
Simmonds, 24, has been red-hot lately. He has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his last four contests.
That includes his impressive output against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, when he recorded his first Gordie (that time two goals, an assist and fight) in Philly’s 6-5 victory. Here’s bonus video of that one:
Overall, Simmonds has gotten into four scuffles this season. When he’s not dropping the gloves, he’s been scoring, as he has 15 points in 17 games played.
Penguins push Capitals to brink of elimination with OT win
The Pittsburgh Penguins ended a long run of playoff overtime struggles on Wednesday … and are now one win away from ending the Washington Capitals’ season.
Many expected the Penguins to crater on defense without Kris Letang (they were 2-8-1 in the regular season without him). While there were shaky moments, Pittsburgh emphasized its speed and other strengths in taking a 3-2 overtime thriller against Washington.
With that, the Penguins’ series lead grows to 3-1.
Trevor Daley, traded to Blackhawks for Sharp & Johns and to #Pens for Scuderi (who was flipped to LA for Ehrhoff) played 28:41 in G4 W.
“It’s been a great city, a city that’s survived for many years through some tough times and for me, growing up there doesn’t seem too long ago,” Upshall said. “Places that probably aren’t standing anymore will be really, really tough to take. But as long as everyone’s OK, that’s the main thing.”