Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 2/5/12
Marty St. Louis picked the perfect way to celebrate his 900th game in the National Hockey League with a quintessential tip of the hat. The Tampa Bay Lightning's veteran right wing notched the fifth hat trick of his 11-career tenure with the team and his first since 2006 to power a 6-3 victory over intra-state rival and Southeast Division leading Florida Saturday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. "You play this thing from the beginning and just try to find your way, and to be in the league for that many games, I'm proud of that," said the 36-year-old undrafted star out of the University of Vermont. "Tough start to get going, but once I got going I really felt that I wanted to be here for a while." "I worked hard to be here," he continued, his three young sons by his side, "and now I get to share these moments with my three boys. There's nothing like it." St. Louis' heroics came less than two months after being struck in the face by a puck during practice, sustaining several ...
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