Players of the night: Jaden Schwartz, St. Louis Blues / Adrian Kempe, Los Angeles Kings
The Blues forward tallied his third career hat trick during a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Schwartz scored the game’s first two goals before completing his hat trick with a late empty-net goal to stave off a Chicago comeback.
Wednesday’s feat for Schwartz came three years to the day of his first career three-goal game.
Kempe, meanwhile, tallied his first NHL hat trick and finished with four points during LA’s 5-1 rout of the Montreal Canadiens. Two of his three goals were assisted by Mike Cammalleri, who also finished the night with four points.
Highlight of the night:
Eddie Olczyk returned to the NBC broadcast booth as he continues his battle against colon cancer. Olczyk, along with Doc Emrick, called the Blues-Blackhawks game from Scottrade Center Wednesday night.
–Auston Matthews recorded the 20th multi-point game of his career. He now has six goals and 10 points on the season.
–Patrick Marleau became the 18th NHL player to reach the 1,500-game mark.
–Jake Allen kept his shutout bid alive with this great stick save on Patrick Kane late:
-The Kings are off their best start in franchise history at 5-0-1. They’ve allowed only 10 goals against through six games.
–Jeff Carter left the game in the first period and did not return after tangling with Jeff Petry. Afterward, Kings head coach John Stevens said the forward will miss some time.
-Finally, The Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie passed away from cancer at age 53 on Wednesday. The Maple Leafs paid tribute before their game against the Red Wings.
Factoid of the night:
Maple Leafs 6, Red Wings 3
Blues 5, Blackhawks 2
Kings 5, Canadiens 1