Video: Sam Bennett notches first career hat trick … in the first period


The once red-hot Florida Panthers had a dreadful start to Wednesday’s game against the Calgary Flames, and Sam Bennett — he’s just 19 years old, remember — made them pay.

Bennett recorded the hat trick, the first of his career, in the opening period, giving him nine goals on the season. He busted out of an 18-game scoring drought on Monday.

The Flames grabbed a 4-0 lead over the Panthers, currently on a six-game road trip and coming off an OT loss in Vancouver to halt their winning streak at 12 games, in the first period. Calgary also held a 15-5 lead in the shots-on-goal department.

Update: Roberto Luongo was pulled after the first period. Al Montoya began the second period in the Florida net.