Kyle Palmieri makes NY Islanders history with record-setting natural hat trick

Boston Bruins v New York Islanders
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Long Island's own Kyle Palmieri had a record-setting first period against the Boston Bruins at UBS Arena on Saturday night. "Palms" registered the fastest natural hat trick in New York Islanders history with his three goals in the first 12:19 of the game to give the Isles a 3-0 lead.

It was the third first period natural hat trick in team history, following Derek King (Oct. 15, 1991 vs. PIT) and Mick Vukota (Oct. 20, 1989, at WSH). King's three goals came in a span of just 1:18 but from 14:01 - 15:19 of the period. A natural hat trick is when a player's three goals come consecutively. Overall, it was the seventh time an Islanders player has registered a hat trick in the first period, and the first time it happened in 17 years when Jason Blake scored three times on Feb. 27, 2007 versus the Philadelphia Flyers at the Nassau Coliseum.

"Pretty special, said Palmieri during the MSG Networks intermission report with Shannon Hogan. I think really right place at the right time." A couple of nice plays by my teammates and fortunate enough that they found the back of the net."

Palmieri's first goal came at 3:32 of the first period when he took a pass from Noah Dobson, came down the right side and beat Linus Ullmark five-hole to open the scoring. Palmieri struck again less than two minutes later on the power play, converting a rebound off Bo Horvat's shot from the slot.

The final goal came when defenseman Ryan Pulock skated in on Ullmark and neatly shot the puck off Ullmark's right pad, leaving a rebound for Palmieri to make team history. "Everyone was happy for me on the bench," added Palmieri. "Personally, it's pretty cool. You don't get too many chances to do that." Per NHL PR, the hat trick was the team's first three goal game since Jean-Gabriel Pageau on April 3, 2022 at NJ and their first hat trick on home ice since March 19, 2022 (Brock Nelson vs. DAL).