No hat trick for Tucker

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:17 AM ET

Darcy Tucker was unable to treat himself to an elusive trick on the eve of Halloween.

In fact, he never has been able to do something which scores of NHL players have done -- record a hat trick.

For the 17th time in the NHL, Tucker scored two goals, as the Maple Leafs beat the Atlanta Thrashers. That's the fifth-most two-goal games among active players who have not scored a hat trick. Petr Sykora has 30, followed by Shane Doan (23), Steve Rucchin (23) and Mike Sillinger (19).

"(Trying for the third goal) always enters your mind," Tucker said. "I had an opportunity in the third period on a two-on-one with (Michael Peca), but it was instinct to pass the puck. It must not have been on my mind that much."

Tucker had nearly 50 minutes to come up with No. 3 after he scored two power-play goals in the opening 10 minutes and 44 seconds.

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Defenceman Tomas Kaberle rang up the Montreal Canadiens for three goals in the Leafs' previous game, and had Tucker been successful last night, it would have been the first time since 1994 the Leafs had hat tricks in consecutive games. In late February and early March that year, Wendel Clark had consecutive hat tricks.

Tucker leads Toronto with nine goals, including seven on power plays, and should pass his career high of 28.

"I'm fortunate to play on the power play with some good players," Tucker said. "The puck has gone in early in the year, and that's it. Nothing more than that."

Tucker was more concerned with the manner in which the Leafs won. They had a season-low 22 shots and had little going other than the early success with the man advantage.

"It was not our best and we got away with it," Tucker said. "We battled but we did not play the way we wanted to. We need to be better and to do that we have to skate more."


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