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Watch Former Capitals Aussie Forward Nathan Walker Net First Career Hat Trick



Former Capitals forward Nathan Walker

Thursday was a wild night for former Washington Capitals forward and fan-favorite Nathan Walker. The first Australian to lace ’em up in the NHL made more history with the St. Louis Blues, scoring his first career hat trick en route to a 6-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Walker was called up on an emergency basis for the Blues from their AHL-affiliate Springfield Thunderbirds. He is wearing the “A” for Springfield this season and has been solid, dishing six goals and 17 points through 19 games so far. In his one game in the lineup, he net three goals in just 12:56 minutes of ice time.

The Capitals took Walker in the third round of the 2014 NHL Draft, developing for years with the Capitals organization. After a solid training camp in 2017, Walker cracked the opening night roster. He was a call-up during the team’s 2018 Stanley Cup run, playing in one game and netting a critical assist in Game 6 against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round. He became the first Australian to hoist the Stanley Cup.

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Here are all the goals from his performance as he made history again with his first career hat trick.

For his first of the night, he got right in the slot and fired a quick shot past Alex Nedeljkovic to give St. Louis a 1-0 lead early in the first period.

Then, with just over three minutes left in the opening frame, Walker sped into the offensive zone and wired a quick shot past Nedeljkovic to make it 2-0.

Walker completed the hat trick in the third period with just over 10 minutes remaining in regulation on a deflection in front.

“It was incredible. Yeah, no, I guess that was it. I was just happy that we got the two points and we can move on to the next game now,” Walker said of his performance postgame.

“It means a lot. I couldn’t be happier for the guy, just an unbelievable guy, unbelievable teammate, unbelievable leader,” teammate Charlie Lindgren added. “To see him pot three… I’m so proud of him.”

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