The Afternoon Shift – Feb. 28

Logan Pyett/Photo by Mark Newman

Griffins defenseman Logan Pyett on Sunday matched one of the career accomplishments of the great Nicklas Lidstrom. And he needed less than one-seventh of the time to do it.

In the second period of Grand Rapids’ 5-2 win at Hamilton, Pyett netted his first career hat trick in his 196th pro game, all as a Griffin. Lidstrom, of course, made headlines on Dec. 15 when he tallied the first three-goal game of his Hall of Fame career in Detroit’s 5-2 victory over St. Louis, which marked his 1,442nd  game as a Red Wing and 1,455th contest as a pro. (What, you don’t remember the 13 games he played for Vasteras in Sweden during the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season? And you call yourself a fan.)

Pyett, who needed only 11:06 to record his hat trick, became just the fifth Griffins player in 15 seasons to score three goals in a single period, joining Jeremy Williams, Jamie Tardif, Tomas Kopecky and Petr Schastlivy.

More remarkably, he became the first defenseman in franchise history to net a hat trick. Considering the offensive talent that has graced Grand Rapids’ blue line over the years — names like Richards, Brimanis, Kwiatkowski, Kronwall, Helmer, Wilson, Quincey, Ericsson, Stafford, Kindl and Janik, just to list a few — that’s no small feat.

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