At 38 years and 103 days, Joe Pavelski scored the sixth hat trick of his career. The American is also the oldest player to achieve this feat against the Canadian, a 113-year-old team.
” It is special. When you score three goals, it's always a magical night. I was told that I was the oldest to score a hat trick. That's pretty crazy as a statistic. I like playing in Montreal, I like this building. »
– Joe Pavelski
Arber Xhekaj impersonated his good friend Juraj Slafkovsky by scoring his first NHL goal. In the second period, he beat Jake Oettinger with a wrist shot from the blue line. The 21-year-old defender finished the game with one goal, one assist, seven hits and a playing time of 16:12.
“I stay calm, I don’t like to get too excited. I'm at my best when I stay calm and manage my emotions. I was happy to score my first goal, but I also remained relaxed. »
– Arber Xhekaj
Jonathan Drouin < p>Jonathan Drouin attributed the 5-2 loss to the Stars to a lack of consistency against an experienced team. Number 27 raised his hat to Pavelski.
“It's impressive since he's not flamboyant and he doesn't have the most nice kick. But he finds ways to score. For his first goal, I've never seen a setback like this and I've watched hockey for 20 years. He got it out quickly from the backhand on the short side. He developed a talent near the net in San Jose and he has continued in the same vein since playing in Dallas. »
– Jonathan Drouin