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Stat Line Of The Night — 1/23/12 — Kyle Clifford

by: JamieD On  Wednesday, January 25, 2012

kyle cliffordKyle Clifford will likely never record three goals in a single game throughout his entire career, however, that doesn’t mean he’ll never record a hat-trick while playing in the NHL.  The Los Angeles Kings enforcer proved that last night, as his goal, assist and fight gave him the Gordie Howe hat-trick.

Clifford got the fight out of the way early, as he and Zenon Konopka dropped the gloves just 2:51 into the game.  Approximately 13 minutes later, he recorded an assist on the Kings’ first goal of the game, which came via a Willie Mitchell point shot.  And just 11 minutes into the second period the Gordie Howe hat-trick was complete, as Clifford’s wrist shot beat Sens goalie Craig Anderson, giving the Kings the 2-0 lead.

They would add two more goals in the period, en route to the 4-1 victory.  But it was Clifford who got them going, as he got involved early and earned our “Stat Line of the Night” for Monday, January 23, 2012.