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5 things we learned in the NHL last week: Hold on to your hats

There was no shortage of moments that caught the attention of hockey fans over the last seven days, including Flyers fans losing their hats for no reason, Radek Faksa's best Tony Hawk impression, and some non-motivational speaking from the coach of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Plus, Radek Faksa debuts a hockey-slopestyle hybrid

From left to right, Eddie Lack, P.K. Subban, Patrick Kane and Wayne Simmonds all had extraordinary games this past week. (The Associated Press/Getty Images)

Another week of the NHL season has come and gone, but not without teaching us a few lessons along the way.

Here's a look back at some of the most exciting and/or strange events that caught the attention of hockey fans over the last seven days and what we learned from them.

​An empty-net goal can be the most impressive part of a hat trick

Impressive: Patrick Kane was the first Blackhawk to score two hat tricks in a span of three games since 1991.

More impressive: He notched the second one on Wednesday against the powerhouse Pittsburgh Penguins.

Most impressive: His empty-net goal, which was scored from a near-impossible angle and on the backhand.

Chicago Blackhawks forward posted second hat trick in last three games 1:28

Wayne Simmonds tried to tell you not to do that

A Jakub Voracek goal has never been booed so much in Philadelphia.

To be fair to the crowd, they thought Wayne Simmonds had scored his third of the game, and promptly tossed their hats in celebration.

There is some good news to come out of this hat-tossing mix-up — Voracek will match the amount of hats thrown on the ice (which were tallied at 396) and send new Flyers caps to a local Philadelphia hospital.

Bill Peters is not a motivational speaker

Well, it seems Cam Ward's starting job is safe. Carolina Hurricanes coach Bill Peters gave backup netminder Eddie Lack a vote of non-confidence when speaking to reporters on Friday.

For the record, Peters' numbers are correct: The average save percentage in the NHL is .913, and among goalies who have played at least nine games this season, Lack ranks 60th out of 60.

P.K. Subban is still loved in Montreal

Who says you can't go home again?

Former Canadiens defenceman receives long standing ovation. 0:59

Radek Faksa is the 1st hockey-slopestyle player

Just check out this rail grind + goal combo:

The Stars' Jumbotron seemed to favour the skateboarding analogy, which also might work:


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