Jeff Carter’s third-period hat trick in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals marked the first time a Kings player scored three goals in a single period in a playoff game since Tommy Williams on April 14, 1974. Carter’s three-goal game was the 11th in Kings playoff history and his second. He added an assist on Tyler Toffoli’s third-period goal, giving him four points in the period and enabling him to set a club record and tie an NHL mark.
Asked if it was the best period of hockey he’s played in his career, Carter said, “I didn’t really have to do too much for them. Stood in front of them for the first one. ‘Greener’ (Matt Greene) and Tanner (Pearson) made a great play on the second one, so … It was a good period, but I really didn’t have to do too much.”