Is this the start of a Laine hot-streak?
Patrik Laine completed his 10th career hat trick and his second as a Blue Jacket and the Jackets held off a third-period rally and beat the Red Wings 4-3 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit Saturday.
Laine opened the scoring at 12:47 after one-timing a cross-ice feed from Johnny Gaudreau past Ville Husso.
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The Jackets doubled their lead at 13:54 after Kent Johnson's wrist shot from the high slot created a scramble around the net that resulted in Vladislav Gavrikov scoring with a backhand whack.
Laine scored again at 15:30 after Jack Roslovic's shot caromed off the boards to Laine in the left circle before firing a shot past Husso.
The Blue Jackets took a 3-0 lead into the first intermission with a 14-8 edge in shots on goal.
Laine completed the hat trick at 1:32 after finishing another one-timer from the left circle off a great cross-ice feed from Adam Boqvist.
Roslovic had a short-handed breakaway chance at 3:09 when he went to the forehand but was gloved by Husso.
Gaudreau had a chance to score wide-open in front of the net, trying to beat Husso to the five-whole but couldn't score.
The Blue Jackets took a 4-0 lead into the final period of regulation along with a 22-16 edge in shots on goal.
The Red Wings got on the board at 5:50 when Olli Maatta's wrist shot from the top of the left circle rebounded off of Elvis Merzlikins' pads and then was put in my Mathieu Olivier.
Jake Walman made it 4-2 when he beat Merzlikins high-glove from the top of the left circle at 7:08.
Lucas Raymond cut the Columbus lead to one with a backhand shot from the slot at 15:56.
The Red Wings pulled their goalie in favor of an extra skater with under 90 seconds in regulation but couldn't tie the game.
With the win, the Blue Jackets improved to 13-27-2.
- Shots on Goal: CBJ 25-28 DET
- Faceoff %: CBJ 53.1-46.9 DET
- Power play: CBJ 0/1-0/2 DET
- Takeaways: CBJ 4-6 DET
- Giveaways: CBJ 9-9 DET
- Blocked shots: CBJ 18-7 DET
- Hits: CBJ 27-23 DET
5-on-5 stats (via naturalstattrick.com):
- Expected Goals (xG): CBJ 2.18-1.23 DET
- Chances (CF): CBJ 38-43 DET
- Shots (SF): CBJ 24-25 DET
- Scoring Chances (SCF): CBJ 23-14 DET
- High-Danger Chances (HDCF): CBJ 10-3 DET
Boone Jenner (thumb), Eric Robinson (upper-body), and Daniil Tarasov (upper-body) were all activated from IR.
The Blue Jackets return home to take on the New York Rangers on Monday at 7 p.m. on Bally Sports Ohio.
The club heads back on the road to take on the Nashville Predators on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.