The floodgates have opened. At least that’s what Penguins fans will be hoping for.
Kasperi Kapanen started the 2021-22 campaign scoreless in his first nine games of the season — but Saturday night, he netted three goals, earning his first career hat-trick.
KAPS OFF TO KAPPY!— Penguins PR (@PenguinsPR) November 7, 2021
With his first three goals of the season tonight, Kasperi Kapanen recorded his first career hat trick.
His career-high three goals eclipses his previous career-high of two previously set six times, most recently on Apr. 29, 2021. pic.twitter.com/yvPxe0SHzV
The 25-year-old winger, now in his second stint with the Penguins, had scored two goals in a game six times in his career, but never was able to complete the hat-trick until last night.
Kapanen scored twice in the first period, and extended the Penguins’ lead to 4-2 near the midway point of the third period. The team was unable to hold onto that lead, however, with the Wild scoring twice with an extra attacker on the ice, ultimately winning the game in a shootout.
After the game, Kapanen expressed feeling good about the hat-trick, but was disappointed by the result of the game.
“Really, it doesn’t feel as good as I wish it would,” Kapanen said. “Yeah, it’s a big weight kind of lifted off my shoulders. But we can’t lose a game like that.”
The Penguins’ 8-game home stand has come to an end and the team will be hitting the road, looking to get back in the win column on Tuesday when they visit the struggling Chicago Blackhawks.