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Brandon Saad

Once in a century hat trick history made in NHL openers

The hats were flying at a historic pace on the first two nights of the NHL season.

Connor McDavid, Alex Ovechkin, Wayne Simmonds and Brandon Saad each recorded a hat trick in his team's season opener. It's the first time four different players scored at least three goals in his season opener in 100 years, since the NHL's first two games back in 1917 when hockey was a very different game.

"Other than it was a puck and three periods and you were keeping score, there was really no similarities," author and historian Liam Maguire said. "You had goaltenders who were basically wearing cardboard, you had no red line, you had the rules in terms of how you could pass a...