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Columbus 5, Calgary 1
When: 9:00 PM ET, Thursday, March 29, 2018
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
Referees: Frederic L'Ecuyer, Gord Dwyer
Linesmen: Trent Knorr, Travis Gawryletz
Attendance: 18967
Pierre-Luc Dubois collected his first career hat trick and Sergei Bobrovsky made 37 saves as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Calgary Flames 5-1 on Thursday night in Calgary to regain third place in the Metropolitan Division standings.

With 18 goals on the season, Dubois, the third overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, set a franchise record for most goals by a rookie. The victory at Scotiabank Saddledome is the 12th in 13 games for the Blue Jackets, as well as the 128th head coach John Tortorella has collected with the team, also a franchise mark.

The Blue Jackets took advantage of a struggling Flames squad early when Markus Hannikainen opened the scoring on his team's first shot against rookie goalie Jon Gillies 2:09 into the game. Matt Calvert made a slick pass to the front of the net from the end boards, and Hannikainen buried the point-blank chance.

Dubois doubled the lead at 12:23. Artemi Panarin gained the zone and backed off defenders before slipping a pass across the slot that Dubois one-timed with authority.

Dubois notched his second goal at the 3:55 mark of the second period, a frame in which the Flames controlled play but couldn't score. Panarin sent a pass to the front of the net, which ricocheted off a skate right to Dubois in the slot, and he slammed it home.

After Markus Nutivaara, who signed a four-year contract extension on Thursday, made it a four-goal edge midway though the third period, Dubois netted his third of the night with 4:37 remaining with another one-timer.

Chris Stewart scored Calgary's lone goal with 21.4 seconds left on the clock, which snapped the team's goal drought at 167:21.6.

Gillies made 23 saves for the Flames, who have lost seven straight games, in which they've scored only eight goals.

The Flames are missing their top three scorers with Sean Monahan and Matthew Tkachuk out due to injury and Johnny Gaudreau away from the team due to his father being taken to hospital because of cardiac problems. Now their second-pairing defensive duo is also on the shelf, with T.J. Brodie out due to injury and Travis Hamonic having left the game in the first period due to injury.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Columbus   Calgary
Pierre-Luc Dubois 3 Points Chris Stewart 1
Pierre-Luc Dubois 3 Goals Chris Stewart 1
Cam Atkinson 2 Assists Mark Giordano 1
Pierre-Luc Dubois 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Sergei Bobrovsky .974 Save Percentage Jon Gillies .821
Sergei Bobrovsky 37 Saves Jon Gillies 23
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Columbus 28 5 1-3 2-2 4 31
Calgary 38 1 0-2 2-3 6 25
Upcoming Games
  • Calgary will play their next game at home against Edmonton. The Flames have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .405 after a loss.
  • Columbus will play their next game on the road against Vancouver. The Blue Jackets have a W/L % of .591 after a win and .529 after a loss.