It seems as if a new Blue Jackets scoring record is broken every night and Thursday night in Calgary was no different.
Rookie forward Pierre-Luc Dubois recorded the first hat trick of his career, powering the Blue Jackets to a 5-1 over the Flames, and giving him 18 goals on the season, good enough for the club record for goals in a season by a rookie, which had been held by Rick Nash (2002-03).
Dubois lit the lamp in every period, with his first coming nearly eight minutes into the opening period on a nifty pass from Artemi Panarin to give the Blue Jackets a 2-0 lead.
His second goal of the night was the only goal scored in the second period and was a thing of beauty between PLD, Panarin and Cam Atkinson.
Dubois' final goal – like his first two – was the product of great passing and a lethal finish, with Oliver Bjorkstrand and Sonny Milano picking up helpers:
In his first full season with Columbus, the 19-year-old Dubois has 18 goals and 26 assists. His 44 points for the year are just three shy of the club record set by Zach Werenski last season.
The first-rounder played the modest card following the game, despite the remarkable tear he and his teammates are on.
“My linemates are playing well. They made really nice passes and I just had to put it in,” Dubois said after the game.
With seven points in his last four games, Dubois may just have something to do with that success, as well.
Dubois' hat trick matched Thomas Vanek's performance in Edmonton Tuesday night, giving the club hat tricks in back-to-back games. In fact, PLD's hatty was the Jackets' fourth of the season, tying the club record for most in a season. Incredibly, all four of the hat tricks have come in the Blue Jackets last five road games.