Ryan O’Reilly finally has his first hat trick.
The 27-year-old scored three goals in the St. Louis Blues’ 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at home on Tuesday night.
O’Reilly, who moved up to the top line for Tuesday’s game, opened up the scoring a little more than halfway through the first period. Following a perfect poke check by Alex Pietrangelo, Vladimir Tarasenko sent O’Reilly a perfect backhanded pass that the center knocked past Hurricanes goalie Curtis McElhinney to give the Blues a 1-0 lead. The goal extended O’Reilly’s point streak to eight games.
After each team traded goals – including Robby Fabbri’s first goal since Dec. 28, 2016 – the Blues went on the power play with 16 seconds left in the period. With time winding down, O’Reilly fired the shot from the left faceoff dot to make it 3-1. It marked his first multi-goal game since Jan. 23 against Edmonton when he was a member of the Sabres.
In the third, the Hurricanes pulled the goalie hoping for a late comeback, but it didn’t work as they turned the puck over in the Blues zone and O’Reilly scored from behind his own blueline.
With the first hat trick of his 10-year career, O’Reilly now has seven goals and 19 points on the season. Over the course of his eight-game point streak, he has seven goals and 15 points. Following the win, the Blues move to 5-5-3 this season.
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