Senators tough guy Chris Neil made his 900th career NHL game count, registering a hat trick against the Devils on Thursday. Well, he didn’t score three goals, but his goal, fight, and assist were good for a Gordie Howe hat trick.
A well-known fighter like Chris Neil is not going to pass up the opportunity to collect a Gordie Howe hat trick, and he found himself a dance partner late in the third. With just over seven minutes remaining in the game, the 36-year-old dropped the gloves against the always-feisty Jordin Tootoo, engaging in a spirited tilt.
Neil’s big night was spoiled in the end, with the Devils stealing the two points via a late comeback and shootout win.
Through 900 NHL games, the former sixth round pick has racked up 107 goals and 235 points, with 2,303 penalty minutes.
– Mark Garbino