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10th: Sullivan notches hat trick in franchise-record 5:56

Wednesday, 12.12.2007 / 5:10 PM CT / 10th Anniversary
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10th: Sullivan notches hat trick in franchise-record 5:56
December 14, 2006

The Ottawa Senators would eventually win the Eastern Conference and play for the Stanley Cup, but on Dec. 14, 2006, the night clearly belonged to Steve Sullivan and the Nashville Predators.  Nashville topped the Sens 6-0 behind Sullivan’s natural hat trick and a 22-save shutout by Chris Mason.

Sullivan’s sixth career hat trick and third as a Predator came in a span of 5:56 in the second period, making it the fastest three goals scored by an individual Nashville player. J.P. Dumont provided the playmaking, setting up Sullivan on all three markers.

"I've got to give credit to J.P. Dumont," Sullivan said. "All three of them were me just trying to get open and him giving me some empty-netters. He sees the ice tremendously well. He's known as a pure goal scorer but his vision is very good on the ice. He holds on to the puck, waits for guys to open up and makes great passes.”

The victory was the second of five in a row for the Predators where they outscored their opponent 16-6. It was the second of three winning streaks that saw Nashville win five or more games in row, as it went on to finish with franchise record 51 wins and 110 points.
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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
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13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 55 11 29 -2 40
F. Forsberg 55 18 18 -7 36
S. Weber 55 14 21 -5 35
M. Ribeiro 55 6 28 3 34
J. Neal 55 20 13 18 33
M. Ekholm 55 6 19 3 25
R. Ellis 54 6 16 2 22
C. Smith 55 11 7 -1 18
C. Jarnkrok 54 9 8 0 17
C. Wilson 38 4 12 -1 16
 
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C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36