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A Huberdeau Hat Trick not enough as Florida Panthers lose to Nashville



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Jonathan Huberdeau and Sasha Barkov celebrate Huberdeau’s first career NHL hat trick inside the team locker room at BB&T Center on Feb. 4, 2021. Thursday, Huberdeau recorded the first hat trick of his career against the Nashville Predators. // Photo courtesy @FlaPanthers

Jonathan Huberdeau recorded his first hat trick of his NHL career Thursday but it was not enough to help the Florida Panthers pick up yet another victory as the Nashville Predators rallied for a 6-5 win in overtime Thursday.

The loss was the first outside of a shootout for the Panthers who have started their season 5-0-2.

Florida did keep its point streak alive, but still.

”That was a big turnaround, a big swing and I am definitely disappointed in the way it transpired,” said coach Joel Quenneville, whose team had a two-goal lead in the final two-plus minutes.

“I definitely think we can learn from it. But it is definitely disappointing.”

Huberdeau had been awarded Florida’s first and fifth goals of the game — but it took the NHL two tries to give him the team’s second.

That change came during the second intermission meaning Huberdeau had a hat trick without anyone really knowing about it.

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