Nazem Kadri is only human, which is why he lingered on the TV rewind button a few times since recording his first NHL hat trick against the New York Islanders on Thursday.
"It was a dream come true scoring one goal in the NHL, let alone three in one game," Kadri said Saturday. "It was a very special time for myself. It's exciting, when I scored that third one (falling to the ice in celebration), it summed up my hat trick. I hadn't really understood or realized what had happened.
"Having a little (three-day) break makes me want to soak it in a little more. That being said, it's only one game and one game certainly doesn't make a season."
Coach Randy Carlyle called Kadri's derring-do dekes for the third goal against the Isles "major league." For Matt Frattin, a frequent linemate of Kadri's with the Leafs and Marlies, the performance Thursday was not a bolt from the blue.
"He's a fun player to be with and to watch. The best things about him is his poise with the puck. He drags guys to him, but holds the puck until he finds opportunities with it. His poise is definitely above average in this league.
Nazem Kadri: 'It's only one game'
Toronto Sun | Mar 3