Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri, right, celebrates one of his three goals on Thursday against the New York Islanders along with Mark Fraser at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
His first goal of the night came in the first period, when he used a cheeky toe drag and then ripped a wrist shot past Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov.
He followed that up midway through the second period when a wrister just inside the blue-line looked like it fooled Nabokov to beat the goalie on his glove side.
But that wasn't enough for the six-foot, 188-pound forward. He completed the hat trick six minutes later when he eluded the Islanders' defence with some nifty stick-handling and found the back of the net.
The 22-year-old London, Ont. native now has three goals and four assists in his last four games and leads the team with 21 points.
Rod PerryRod grew up in the west end of Toronto and did his undergraduate degree at Wilfrid Laurier University, majoring in English and minoring in Psychology. He's always had an infatuation with anything sports-related and took his passion to Centennial College's sports journalism program for a post-graduate education. He's also still miffed about the Kelly Gruber botched triple play call in the 1992 World Series.
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