It was a Halloween to remember for Buffalo Sabres star player Tage Thompson. He scored 38 goals and recorded 68 points last season, and this summer, he signed a huge contract extension with the Sabres.
And now, he’s really starting to show he’s worth all the money. The Sabres won against the Detroit Red Wings, scoring an 8-2 victory on Monday’s Halloween night.
Thompson had recorded six points in eight games heading into Monday’s game, and when the final horn sounded, he had doubled his tally for the year.
Thompson was simply unstoppable, scoring three goals and adding three assists, and Thompson’s six points put him in an exclusive club. According to NHL Stats & PR, only two players in history–Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Clarke–have recorded six points on Halloween, according to NHL Stats & PR.
Thompson scored Buffalo’s first goal of the game, an even-strength goal in the opening period, and then assisted the next two Sabres goals. Late in the second period, he scored his second of the night. In the third period, Thompson assisted Rasmus Dahlin, who also put his name in the history books earlier this season when he became the first defenseman in NHL history to score in the first four games of a new season.
With less than five minutes on the clock, Thompson scored the hat trick goal, and fans couldn’t believe what they saw. It’s not often a player dominates a game as Thompson did, and even his teammates were shocked.
Thompson’s hat trick goal was a beauty, and Rasmus Dahlin had a front view for the goal. As he was standing at his blue line, and the puck crossed the line for a goal, Dahlin could only take his hand to his head in disbelief before skating over to gratulate Thompson. It’s the purest of all reactions, and the video of Dahlin being happy for his teammates has received much attention on social media.
One Reddit user wrote: ”I love how excited Dahlin gets for his teammates when they do something great.”
Another one wrote: ”Fella was in absolute disbelief.”
A third one added: ”We all had the same reaction. Absolute filth and I loved every second of it.”