11 days after receiving the news that he was snubbed for the second time by Team Canada, Lightning captain Marty St. Louis proved why he should have been an obvious choice for sealing up a roster spot by not only scoring a few goals, but registering a natural hat trick in in the first period Saturday afternoon against the San Jose Sharks as well as tying a franchise record for four goals in a game when he scored again in the second period on the power play. St Louis's four goal game ties the record held by Chris Kontos. Kontos's record has been intact since Oct. 7 1992.
St. Louis is never discouraged and Bolts fans as well as many other hockey fans know he
will never give up. When Tampa Bay Coach Jon Cooper said the Team Canada snub would "motivate the snot" out of his captain, he wasn't kidding. St. Louis came out flying in the first period on Saturday afternoon. The captain's first goal came at 11:56 of the first period, as St.Louis received a cross-ice pass from Tyler Johnson. St. Louis finished the first period with three goals on five shots.
This isn't the first time St. Louis has registered a hat trick in the first period either. He accomplished the feat in the 2003-2004 season against the Carolina Hurricanes. St. Louis unremarkably has scored three hatty's in a single period three times in his NHL career to give his eight total hat tricks in his career. His hat trick on Saturday is the second fastest hat trick in Tampa Bay franchise history. His first period hat trick in 2006 against the Hurricanes was 1:17 faster.