The conspiracy theory coming out of Los Angeles — the one I just made up while sitting here in Philly — is that the Kings rented 20,000 hats as a fake show of good will and then needed a way to get them back.
That is to say: Jeff Carter scored a natural hat trick on Monday night — when the Kings were giving away free hats.
L.A. has won eight of its last 10 games and Carter has scored 8 goals in his last seven games. He's tied with Pittsburgh's James Neal for second in the NHL with 14 goals. They trail only Steven Stamkos, who has 17.
Video of the trick from the NHL (via PHT):
First one to leave a "Who cares? He doesn't play here anymore" comment gets a free beer on me. Everyone else loses.