Back then 15 years ago, Zuccarello, who then also had the additional name Aasen, made great success in Modo for two seasons before leaving for North America and the NY Rangers.

For three years he has been playing in Minnesota's first chain - now with Kirill Kaprizov and Sam Steel.

Since the trio was brought together 13 games ago, there have been 10 wins for Minnesota.

Last night, the trio scored nine points (also an assist from Zuccarello).

- I think all three of us work hard with the puck, are aggressive and create chances for each other.

That's what we try to achieve in every game.

In some games it's tougher, in other games it bounces our way, Zuccarello said, according to AP.

Oldest player in Minnesota to score a hat trick

- Today was a very good match for us and for the team, says Zuccarello who, at 35, is Minnesota's oldest player to score a hat trick.

- He is dedicated to thinking of the team first and converted it into an offensive.

"He's been a good leader for us all year," Minnesota coach Dean Evason said.

Zuccarello's first hat trick came in 2015 while playing with the NY Rangers.

After Zuccarelo's hat trick, the ice was traditionally filled with caps to celebrate the feat.

Last year, Zuccarello's was by far the best ever in the NHL with 79. Now he is at 30 points after 29 games and if he keeps that pace, the forecast is 84 points this season - although there are always a couple of games missing when the season is summed up.