UPDATE, OFFICIAL SCORING CHANGE: Story initially credited Hornqvist with a hat trick, but his second period goal was changed to Sam Lafferty (Unassisted). The story is amended to reflect current scoring.
He may be a fourth-liner in the current alliteration of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ lineup, but that hasn’t stopped Patric Hornqvist from still lighting the lamp. Hornqvist chalked a three-point effort against the Detroit Red Wing, Sunday. Hornqvist was initially credited with a goal in the second period to start a hat trick bid but the goal was later credited to linemate Sam Lafferty. Despite being a polarizing player amongst the fine folks of Pens Twitter, Hornqvist continues to contribute and still holds the last hat trick scored at PPG Paints Arena. Here is reversed goal:
Hornqvist found his true first less than three minutes after the resumption of action to start the second period. The Sollentuna, SWE native rifled a wrist shot from the left circle past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard for his the goal and helped extend the Penguins lead to 3-1. The goal was made possible by a solid retention of the puck at the blueline by linemate Andrew Agozzino, who was credited with the assist.
After a Crosby one-timer extended the lead to 4-1 and chased Jimmy Howard, Hornqvist had a new goaltender to victimize. Hornqvist zoomed in and sent a wrist shot past Jonathan Bernier to tally his second and give the Penguins a 5-1 lead in the 2nd.
Hornqvist’s performance if unamended by the official scorer would have marked the first hat trick of the 2019-20 season. The last player to complete the feat was Jake Guentzel on Jan. 11, 2019. Hornqvist also assisted on a Kris Letang first period goal to give him three points in the game. His effort fell just short career-high that was previously set in 2016 and matched in his 2018 season.
Leave it to a Swede to steal the show on Hockey Day in America!