Stat Line of the Night — 1/24/2013 — Eric Staal
After acquiring Jordan Staal and Alexander Semin in the offseason, a lot was expected from the Carolina Hurricanes heading into the lockout-shortened 2013 NHL season. But after dropping their first two games, they were looking to get into the win column against the previously unbeaten Buffalo Sabres, and they would do so thanks to a terrific offensive effort from Eric Staal.
In addition to getting his team their first win, Eric Staal was also looking to produce his first goal and point of the season, and he would do just that in the second period, as his backhand beat Sabres goalie Jonas Enroth to give the Canes the 4-2 lead. And after the Sabres closed the gap to 4-3 in the third, Staal notched two more goals.
In addition to completing the hat-trick, those two goals from Eric Staal would also help lead the Hurricanes to the 6-3 victory, while earning himself “The Stat Line of the Night” for Thursday, January 24, 2013.