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Everyone knows that in hockey, a hat trick occurs when a player scores three goals in a game. A "natural hat trick" is when all three are scored in a row without any other players' goals intervening. A "Gordie Howe Hat Trick", representing the all-around greatness of history's best player, is comprised of one goal, one assist, and one fight. A few of the lesser-known variants you can use to impress your friends as the playoffs reach their conclusion:

Claude Lemieux Hat Trick: Faking three injuries and in the process successfully drawing three penalties.

Sidney Crosby Hat Trick: One slam-your-stick, one take-a-dive, one whine-to-the-ref.

Washington Capitals Hat Trick: Making it to the third playoff round. (Note: no recorded historical occurrences.)

Phil Kessel Hat Trick: Consumption of three "Hot Pockets" during a single intermission.

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