4.36 p.m., March 18, 2021
New York Rangers-Star Mika Zibanejad first prepares three hits in the middle section, then he followed up with a flawless hat trick. He equaled with six points in a third Son of an Iranian and a Finnish woman, of the 2018 world champion with Sweden had become the record in the National Hockey League (NHL).
So far, such a yield was only available to the native Canadian Bryan Trottier succeeded. The six-time Stanley Cup winner had on December 23, 1978 in a 9-4 home win of the New York Islanders about the Rangers also booked six points, each with three goals and assists in the middle third. Trottier, who played for both Canada and the US national teams and has been since 1997 member of the Hockey Hall of Fame is, but also scored a goal in the first and last section and even got eight points in the end.
In total, the Flyers conceded seven goals in the middle section and thus more than ever before in a third in their 54-year club history. Michael Raffl was only on the ice when conceded. Philadelphia is only in 18th place in the best ice hockey league in the world.
The Rangers’ runaway victory was not only remarkable because of Zibanejad’s record. They came to the highest victory since March 31, 1986 (9-0 against the New Jersey Devils) without a head coach David Quinn and three of his assistants who had to stay away from the game due to anti-corona measures.