It seems as if a handful of NHL players put "hat trick" at the top of their New Year's resolutions lists.
Marian Gaborik’s three-goal, one-assist MVP performance in Sunday’s NHL All-Star game propelled Team Chara to a 12-9 victory over Team Alfredsson. Gaborik's hat trick marked the 32nd hat trick of the season, and the 13th in the month of January.
Although All-Star Game stats don’t count toward season stats, Gaborik will go down in history as the 16th player to record a hat trick in the All-Star game. The last player to do it was Rick Nash in 2008.
Thus far in the 2011-12 season, January has been an exciting month in terms of NHL hat tricks. There were only seven in December and nine in November.
Let's revisit the 12 hat tricks of the scoring-infested month of January 2012.