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Today in Hockey History: Rookie Pavel Bure Scores his 1st Career Playoff Hat Trick

April 28, 1992: Vancouver Canucks rookie Pavel Bure scores his first career playoff hat trick against the Winnipeg Jets in game 6 of the 1st round of the 1992 Stanley Cup playoffs.

With their backs against the wall, the Canucks entered game 6 facing elimination, down 3-2 in the series.

With the score tied 1-1 just about halfway through the first period, Pavel Bure blasted a slapshot past the glove hand of Jets goaltender, Rick Tabaracci, for his first of the game.

Bure’s first of the game opened the floodgates for the Canucks who outscored the Jets 3-1 in the second period thanks to goals from Cliff Ronning, Trevor Linden, and Tom Fergus.

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And any reason for hope thanks to a goal by Jet’s forward Keith Tkachuk just 17 seconds into the third period was quickly diminished by Bure.

Just two and a half minutes after Tkachuk’s goal, Pavel Bure picked off an Igor Ulanov breakout pass to once again snipe the top right corner for his second of the game.

And thanks to Igor Larionov‘s pass that sent Bure on a breakaway halfway through the third period, the Russian Rocket scored his third goal of the game, slipping a backhand through Tabaracci’s five-hole, for his first career NHL playoff hat trick.

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