GDB 27.0: HATS FLYING...JONES IS 50TH

Jason Gregor
December 03 2011 04:19PM

Last night Ryan Jones became the 50th player in Oiler history to score a hat trick. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was the 49th earlier this year, while Taylor Hall was the 48th last season. Hall tallied his 2nd three-goal game of his career earlier this year and now he is one of only 16 players to have multiple hatties in Oilers' history.

Something tells me you haven't seen the last hat trick from an Oiler this season.

The Oilers have had 165 hat tricks in the regular season . Wayne Gretzky had the most with 43, Jari Kurri and Glenn Anderson tallied 20 each, Mark Messier scored 13 while Esa Tikkanen and Ryan Smyth sit in 5th place with five respectively.

Blair MacDonald had the first trick on October 19th, 1979 against the Quebec Nordiques. He actually scored the first three in Oiler history before Gretzky got his first on February 1, 1980 v. the Jets. Here's is the rest of the players in order of scoring their first hat trick with bolded players still active.

1. Blair MacDonald Oct 19th, 1979
2. Wayne Gretzky Feb 1, 1980
3. Don Ashby Mar 29th, 1980
4. Dave Semenko Oct 19th, 1980
5. Jari Kurri Nov 26th, 1980
6. Glenn Anderson Feb 21st, 1981
7. Mark Messier Mar 16th, 1981
8. Risto Siltanen Apr 04th, 1981
9. Dave Lumley Dec 19th, 1981
10. Paul Coffey Dec 11th, 1982
11. Ken Linseman Feb 19th, 1983
12. Willy Lindstrom Nov 19th, 1983
13. Pat Hughes Feb 03rd, 1984
14. Gord Sherven Oct 14th, 1984
15. Mike Krushelnyski Feb 02nd, 1985
16. Craig MacTavish Dec 1st, 1985
17. Esa Tikkanen Oct 15th, 1986
18. Craig Simpson Dec 02nd, 1987
19. Dave Hannan Jan 25th, 1988
20. Geoff Courtnall Mar 18th, 1988
21. Jimmy Carson Dec 04, 1988
22. Normand Lacombe Nov 25th, 1989
23. Adam Graves Dec 17, 1989
24. Martin Gelinas Mar 04, 1990
25. Petr Klima Jan 30th, 1991
26. Vincent Damphousse Dec 14th, 1991
27. Joe Murphy Jan 13th, 1992
28. Kelly Buchberger Jan 31st, 1992
29. Shayne Corson Nov 15th, 1993
30. Brent Grieve Feb 25th, 1994
31. Jason Arnott Mar 20th, 1995
32. David Oliver Mar 22nd, 1995
33. Doug Weight Nov 20, 1995
34. Ryan Smyth Oct 08th, 1996
35. Rem Murray Oct 24, 1996
36. Mariuz Czerkawski Nov 07th, 1996
37. Alexander Selivanov Feb 17th, 1999
38. Mike Grier Mar 20th, 1999
39. Georges Laraque Feb 21, 2000
40. Boyd Devereaux Mar 17th, 2000
**41. Bill Guerin Apr 18th, 2000 (His only hatty was in playoffs)
42. Fernando Pisani Mar 22, 2003
43. Shawn Horcoff Jan 10th, 2006
44. Marc-Andre Bergeron Jan 14th, 2006
45. Eric Cole Jan 13th, 2009
46. Ethan Moreau Jan 18th, 2009
47 Sam Gagner Mar 19th, 2009
48. Taylor Hall Feb 19th, 2011
49. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins October 15th, 2011
50. Ryan Jones Dec 02, 2011

The Oilers have had two players score a hat trick in the same game six times, with the last time being December 20th, 1985 at home against the Kings.

The Oilers did manage to have three players register a hat-trick in the same game. Gretzky, Kurri and Lindstrom did the deed against the "Mickey Mouse" New Jersey Devils on November 19th, 1983. Kurri had five goals that game, so those three combined for 11 of the 13 goals. UNREAL.

When you realize that three players had a hatty in the same game you can understand why Gretzky called them a Mickey Mouse organization.

WILL IT HAPPEN AGAIN TONIGHT?

Pat Hughes used to own the NHL record for fastest two shorthanded goals, but Esa Tikkanen bettered him in 1988. Hughes is still tied for one Oiler record though, most goals in a game. Hughes only scored one hat trick in his career, but he did it in style popping five against the Calgary Flames on Feb 03rd, 1984. Hughes and Kurri had one five-goal game, while Gretzky had four of them.

The Oilers have had 10 regular season hat tricks v. the Flames in franchise history, but only three of them have come in Edmonton.

Hughes Feb 03rd, 1984 (home)
Paul Coffey Dec 26th, 1984 (away)
Jari Kurri Jan 27th, 1985 (away)
Glenn Anderson Oct 28th, 1985 (away)
Craig MacTavish Dec 01, 1985 (home)
Esa Tikkanen Nov 24th, 1986 (away)
Glenn Anderson Oct 16th, 1987 (away)
Craig MacTavish Dec 22nd, 1990 (away)
Jason Arnott Mar 20th, 1995 (home)
Alex Selivanov Apr 08th, 2000 (away)

MacTavish only had two hatties in his career and both came against the Flames. The other players to have mulitple hatties include: Simpson, Weight, Murphy, Lumley, Czerkawski and Arnott with (2), Selivanov (3) and MacDonald, Klima and Coffey with (4).

QUICK HITS

  • The only guarantee lineup change will be in goal with Nikolai Khabibulin starting. Anton Lander is a possiblity, but I doubt he plays.
     
  • Ales Hemsky had his best game of the year last night, and if he can build on that the Oilers will again have two scoring lines.
     
  • Like I said earlier, if Smid is going to be a legit top-four D-man he needs to add some offence. He plays enough minutes that he should pop 4-6 goals and 15-20 points a year. Jason Smith had six seasons where he scored 14-20 points, and there is no reason Smid shouldn't be able to match that now that he plays 20+ minutes a night.
     
  • There has been 13 hat-tricks in the NHL this season and the Oilers have three of them. The Leafs have two between Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul.
     
  • Nugent-Hopkins is the only player to register a trick while losing in regulation. Matt Duchene lost in OT, while the other eleven helped their team win.

GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Flames have won 15 of the last 17 games between these provincial rivals, and they are currently riding a six-game winning streak in the Battle of Alberta. The Oilers will end that streak tonight with a 4-3 win.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: After watching their teammates combine for five goals in the 3rd period, Jordan Eberle and Nugent-Hopkins will combine for four points tonight. RNH loves HNIC and he'll go 1-1-2.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: After the game Ryan Jones will come out to the bar by the Oilers dressing room and hand back the hats that were picked up on the ice last night. He'll have signed everyone of them, and his ranking on the fan-favourite list will continue to climb.  

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#1 D
December 03 2011, 04:20PM
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Glad to see Coffey on that list.

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#2 MercsD
December 03 2011, 04:26PM
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Didn't Hall have a Hat Trick this season?? I think the Chicago game not a 100% though. Nice read!!! Go Oil!!!

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#3 TLHansum
December 03 2011, 04:27PM
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39. Georges Laraque Feb 21, 2000

typo?

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#4 MercsD
December 03 2011, 04:27PM
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NVM my bad I reread the article.

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#5 Bruce McCurdy
December 03 2011, 04:33PM
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Pat Hughes used to own the NHL record for fastest two shorthanded goals, but Esa Tikkanen bettered him in 1988.

When Pat Hughes scored his two shorties in 25 seconds, he broke the standing record of 2 in 27 seconds by Wayne Gretzky.

That was the first and remains one of the very few Gretzky standards to ever be broken. Most of his records are far out of reach.

Kind of cool that the first Gretzky record to be broken was done by an Oiler, whose own record was then broken by yet a third Oiler.

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#6 wazy08
December 03 2011, 04:48PM
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@TLHansum

No typo, and no joke either. Laraque did in fact get a hatty against the LA Kings. Was pretty awesome to see the big guy get jacked up when he potted his third.

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#7 Talbot17
December 03 2011, 04:52PM
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Hall had a hat trick this season too i think.

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#8 Walter Sobchak
December 03 2011, 05:17PM
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GDP- Eberle gets the Oilers 51st hat trick. RNH get 3 points and the Oilers win 5-2, the start of years of utter dominance begins!

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#9 The Beaker
December 03 2011, 05:21PM
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Talbot17 wrote:

Hall had a hat trick this season too i think.

so?

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#10 Team Hall
December 03 2011, 05:22PM
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Bruce, don't tease and leave. Who was the 3rd Oiler on the grassy knoll?

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#11 Jerk Store
December 03 2011, 05:25PM
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Talbot17 wrote:

Hall had a hat trick this season too i think.

... As clearly pointed out by Gregor in his 1st paragraph.

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#12 MAC962
December 03 2011, 05:31PM
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2 Of the unexpected break out tonight.PRV Does the deed finally and it is a big goal. Ebs is the first star. Whitney scores on the PP.

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#13 Greg Stink | ESPN
December 03 2011, 05:53PM
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TLHansum wrote:

39. Georges Laraque Feb 21, 2000

typo?

No, for real! Playing in Montreal, with his family in the stands. I remember the game.

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#14 freeze
December 03 2011, 06:01PM
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CURB STOMP THE FLAMES!!! YEAH!!!

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#15 Rob...
December 03 2011, 06:10PM
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Nice to see Rem Murray's name again. I hope the guy is still doing ok.

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#16 Joel
December 03 2011, 06:14PM
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Who would you trade from the Oilers for Nikolai Kulemin?

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#17 Dog Train
December 03 2011, 06:22PM
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End the nonsense of losing to these goofs. The next hatty will be by Smytty. I can just feel it. GO OILERS GO!!

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#18 Mitch
December 03 2011, 06:25PM
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I think Iylia Byakin had a trick to.

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#19 Robin Brownlee
December 03 2011, 06:40PM
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@Greg Stink | ESPN

You don't remember jack, Jack.

Laraque's hat-trick was here against LA. Link is http://www.georgeslaraque.com/default.asp?mn=1.39.91.26&sfield=content.id&search=294

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#20 Bruce McCurdy
December 03 2011, 07:58PM
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Bruce, don't tease and leave. Who was the 3rd Oiler on the grassy knoll?

They're all listed here: Gretzky was the first Oiler to break the old record, which was a minute plus as I recall; then Hughes broke Gretzky's mark, then Tikkanen broke Hughes with a pair just 12 seconds apart.

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#21 Oilers89
December 03 2011, 08:02PM
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Paajarvi is going to have a good game and collect two goals, he is coming on lately and appears to play well in BOA's.

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#22 Chris.
December 03 2011, 08:07PM
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Game Day Prediction: Finally it's BTSOOCN! (Beat The Snot Out Of Calgary Night). I'm calling a four goal spread. Unlike last night, I expect the offensive explosion to happen in the second period.

Obvious Game Day Prediction: Gagner scores. It's time. Gagner also plays well against the Flames.

Not-So-Obvious Game Day Prediction: Feaster (who is not peddling Iginla) ~ya right~, and who told us to write the Flames down as a playoff team, spends the night watching his ~mobile~ defence skate in sand while imagining the score clock dropping to center ice thus delaying the embarrassment. The thing is, even Jay doesn't know, that even if that clock did fall, and most of the neutral zone was blocked... His crappy team still wouldn't be able to defend the attack coming his way for a full 60 minutes. Accidental rebuilds must be in style in Alberta.

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#23 Rob...
December 03 2011, 08:44PM
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Who the fudge are the linesmen in this game and do they understand who the home team is? These faceoff calls make no sense whatsoever.

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#24 Oil Dude
December 03 2011, 09:03PM
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How is Ryan Smyth not on the powerplay?!?

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#25 Douche Nietzsche
December 03 2011, 09:31PM
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How is that crosscheck Bowwgateverdafcuk gave Horcoff not a penalty?

NHL is highlarious league, pure jokes.

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#26 Fs
December 03 2011, 09:32PM
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I hate, repeat hate mark lee, and his new side kick suck too! Where's Kevin weeks?

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#27 Douche Nietzsche
December 03 2011, 09:48PM
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That chat is full of flaming metros from a small American city beside Airdrie.

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#28 Douche Nietzsche
December 03 2011, 09:49PM
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That chat is full of flaming metros from a small American city beside Airdrie.

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#29 Jimmeh
December 03 2011, 09:55PM
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TLHansum wrote:

39. Georges Laraque Feb 21, 2000

typo?

I was at that game, he also had 2 fights. It was awesome!

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#30 Smokey
December 03 2011, 09:56PM
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Fa, Mark Lee scares the crap outta me every shot on goal, I just about swallow my tongue. Darryl Reugh, former Oilers goaler, is widely considered to be one of the best play by play guys in the biz. I think he does a lot of games down south, and is moonlighting up here because CBC has some real bad color guys and analysts these days.

I don't think Darryl all that and a bag of pucks, but he's a world better then both Lee and Weekes in my estimation. I sure miss Don Whitman calling games. He was the standard in Western Canada till Hewson showed up.

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#31 West
December 03 2011, 10:17PM
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Can those CBC jackamoles slag on RNH anymore than they are already? According to these guys the Flames are just destroying the Oilers. I guess they are unable to see the only important thing, that being the scoreboard.

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#32 Smokey
December 03 2011, 10:24PM
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The Oilers are the worst line-changing team in the league. What a bone-head line change.

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#33 6 ring circus
December 03 2011, 11:55PM
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I dont know what was more brutal, The way the Oilers played,the officiating or the fact that Calgary won.And why is Belanger on the power play, WTF is Renney thinking? there must be someone else that we can put back there.

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#34 Shaun Doe
December 04 2011, 12:06AM
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I don't know why I let my self believe that we could win the first 5 games of this month. Well 3 of 5 wouldn't be bad... or would it?

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#35 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
December 04 2011, 08:22AM
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Greg Stink | ESPN wrote:

No, for real! Playing in Montreal, with his family in the stands. I remember the game.

*** crickets ***

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#36 Denis
December 04 2011, 10:18AM
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What about Ryan Smyths record breaking hat trick in Oct 2006 against San Jose?

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#37 Greg Stink | ESPN
December 04 2011, 10:57AM
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Greg Stink | ESPN wrote:

No, for real! Playing in Montreal, with his family in the stands. I remember the game.

Sorry, I am thinking of a different game.

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#38 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
December 04 2011, 11:53AM
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Shuzzbutt

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#39 theboat
December 04 2011, 03:08PM
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Denis wrote:

What about Ryan Smyths record breaking hat trick in Oct 2006 against San Jose?

"...during a game against the Sharks on October 12, 2006, Smyth broke an Oilers record for fastest three goals scored in one contest. With the Sharks leading 4–2 in the third period, he recorded a hat trick with two goals on the power play and one into an empty net in a span of two minutes and one second, breaking the previous team record set by Gretzky on February 18, 1981, by seventeen seconds"

Pretty sweet one to be left off the list in my opinion

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#41 Denis
December 04 2011, 04:08PM
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Missed that FIRST hat trick part.... Sorry Gregor, I'm just learning the fine art of paying attention to detail!

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#42 Slats
December 04 2011, 05:31PM
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LT a great snapshot of the team.

I would also add:

- Why is Ryan Smyth taking such bad penalties in critical times? (that's 2G back to back 1 contributed to a loss the other almost did) - Why are the D really falling back into the goalie? earlier in the year they were pressing up forcing opposing forwards to make a hockey play (see the Iggie-Smith goal Iggie had way too much time and space) - Never give the Flames that much respect ever - Next time Bo-Bo slashes/x-checks your Captain to the ground with no-call someone needs to take him to the woodshed! (inexcusable Coach Renney he's only out there 30 minutes in the game and no one holds him accountable - what if Smid had done that to Iggie?)

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