Tage Thompson just keeps breaking records. The Buffalo Sabres scored four times in the first period against the Columbus Blue Jackets and finished the game with five goals and one assist as the Sabres won 9-4.
Tage Thompson actually scored more goals on Wednesday than 73 percent of players in the league have goals this season.
His four goals and an assist also came with just 5:14 of ice time in the first period, and we can just imagine that few people can match that kind of production, with so few minutes on the ice, in NHL history.
Thompson is just the second U.S.-born player to score five goals in a game and the fourth player in history to score four goals in the first period of a regular-season game.
Tage Thompson’s season so far is one for the history books, and some even think he’s a top-three player in the league right now.
Buffalo Sabres is actually the highest-scoring team in the entire NHL, and they have Tage Thompson to thank for it. And they really show him the appreciation and thankfulness he deserves.
After the game, Thompson was surprised with a little gift from his head coach Don Granato. Or, actually, five of them.
Granato had kept all of Thompson’s five goal pucks and gave them to him in the locker room postgame, to his teammates’ huge cheers.
“It’s definitely a rewarding feeling,” Thompson said postgame. “You’ve spent a lot of years working to get to this point and to be rewarded for it is a pretty good feeling and it just leaves you hungrier.”
You love to see it! What a nice gesture from Coach Granato, and what a moment for Tage Thompson.