RALEIGH, N.C. — Rookie D Mark Barberio made a deal with himself a few weeks ago that when he scored his first career goal, he would cut his hair, which he has let grow for two years.
But there was no such deal if he wound up scoring his first two career goals in the same game, as he did Sunday during Tampa Bay’s 5-3 victory against Carolina.
“Two years ago I just decided I was going to let it go, and I think it’s maybe gotten a little too long, so it might be good to clean it up a little bit,’’ Barberio said. “I’ll consult my teammates on how much (to cut) to see what they think, but it’s got to go. I made a promise.’’
With his two-goal performance, Barberio became the first defenseman to score his first two career goals in the same game since Slava Voynov did so with Los Angeles on Oct. 27, 2011, against Dallas, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The 2012 defenseman of the year in the American Hockey League when he finished with 13 goals and 61 points, Barberio has been in and out of the lineup this season.
In 31 games, he has two goals and six points.
But about that upcoming haircut?
“I’d like his hair to be the exact length it is now,’’ Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. “Whatever this length is, it’s good for me, and it was good today.’’
When RW Marty St. Louis notched four goals in 22 minutes in Saturday’s 5-4 loss to San Jose, the Lightning captain became the oldest player in league history to record three goals in a period (St. Louis scored three goals in the first period) at 38 years, 7 months, 1 day. Moreover, he became the second-oldest player in league history to score four goals in a game, behind Johnny Bucyk, who was 38 years, 238 days old when he scored four times for the Bruins against the Islanders on Jan. 5, 1974, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
St. Louis is also the only player in franchise history to score three goals in one period, having accomplished the feat twice, with the other coming Jan. 15, 2004, against Carolina.
Saturday’s game also marked just the fourth time in NHL history two players recorded a natural hat trick (three consecutive goals by the same player) in the same game, as San Jose’s Joe Pavelski scored three straight goals in the second period. The only other times that occurred:
Oct. 12, 2006: Ryan Smyth for Edmonton and Jonathan Cheechoo for San Jose.
Jan. 16, 1919: Jack Darragh for Ottawa and Didier Pitre for Montreal.
March 6, 1918: Frank Nighbor for Toronto and Cy Denneny for Ottawa.
Catching a break
D Victor Hedman missed Sunday’s game after taking a puck off his right leg during Saturday’s game against San Jose. Hedman had to be helped off the ice as he was unable to put any weight on the leg and was seen walking with crutches after the game.
But X-rays came back negative and Hedman is day-to-day with a bruise.
“We have a little rest coming up here, so who knows, but I’m not sure if he will be ready for Thursday or not,’’ Cooper said. “But it’s definitely day-to-day and not week-to-week.’’
With Hedman out, D Keith Aulie returned to the lineup for the first time since suffering a broken hand on Dec. 5.
Nuts and Bolts
RW Richard Panik and LW B.J. Crombeen were scratched. ... C Tom Pyatt was in the lineup for just the third time in the past 11 games. ... C Tyler Johnson extended his scoring streak to three games. ... LW Ondrej Palat snapped a six-game scoreless streak with his sixth multipoint game of the season. ... Carolina C Manny Malhotra played in his 900th career game. ... Tampa Bay has power-play goals in a season-long five consecutive games.