Blue Jackets down Ducks on Hartnell's hat trick

Craig Merz  - Correspondent | Tuesday, 03.24.2015 / 11:26 PM

COLUMBUS -- Scott Hartnell did not start the game very well against the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday, but he gave Nationwide Arena a rare thrill with how he finished a 5-3 Columbus Blue Jackets victory, their fourth in a row.

Hartnell took a roughing penalty that led to an Anaheim power-play goal at 6:11 of the first period by Ryan Kesler, and Andrew Cogliano followed at 14:21 to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead.

But Hartnell started the comeback with a man-up goal late in the first, tied the game 3-3 in the second, and scored into an empty net with 37 seconds left in the Blue Jackets' second home win in the past eight games.

He said he was more worried about winning than getting the hat trick but was thankful for the opportunity because he already had five two-goal games this season.

"You do [think about it] anytime you get a couple of goals, especially when there's still half a game left," he said. "You never go out there with the intent to get a hat trick, but with power play and being out there with good players, I've got a chance."

Hartnell finished his eighth NHL hat trick by outmuscling Anaheim defenseman Sami Vatanen and finishing a wraparound for his 25th goal. It was his first hat trick since April 15, 2013, against the Montreal Canadiens when he played for the Philadelphia Flyers.

It was the first hat trick by a Blue Jackets player at home since R.J. Umberger had one against the Carolina Hurricanes on March 23, 2012. Hartnell was traded for Umberger on June 23.

"It's been a while," Columbus center Ryan Johansen said. "[Hartnell's] been close a couple of times."

Columbus (34-35-4) is not going to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but the Blue Jackets don't mind being spoilers against the likes of the Ducks (46-22-7), who have lost two in a row to start a five-game trip and are tied with the St. Louis Blues with 99 points atop the Western Conference.

"[The Ducks] definitely had something to play for," Hartnell said. "I don't think they took it easy on us because of where we are in the standings. It's a measuring stick game for us.

"It gives us confidence going into the summer knowing that we can play and play well."

The Ducks hoped to rebound from a 7-2 loss at the New York Rangers on Sunday but instead were left questioning their effort.

"What we're doing and the way we're playing right now is unacceptable," Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said. "We're going to change that.

"We're pretending. We're not playing hockey to the best of our ability, including myself and everyone in this locker room. We need to be more accountable. We're playing too wide-open. We're going to turn it around right now."

Johansen had a goal and an assist, and Nick Foligno scored for Columbus, who have trailed in each of their past seven victories. Matt Beleskey scored for Anaheim.

Four goals were scored in 4:07 of the second period, three by the Blue Jackets to take a 4-3 lead.

Johansen scored his 24th goal at 7:41 after a scramble in front and a lengthy review. The sequence to tie the score at 2-2 started with a shot by Columbus forward Cam Atkinson.

Anaheim goalie John Gibson stopped the shot, but the puck rolled off his arm, and Johansen, crashing the net, pushed himself, Gibson and the puck across the line. The officials conferred and ruled the puck was in the net and the replay was inconclusive.

"I didn't see the replay," Gibson said. "It was under my blocker. I don't know if it went in."

Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau was unhappy by the initial call that the goal was good.

"They wouldn't give an answer on who called it, but from our vantage point there's no way anybody could see the puck going in," he said.

The Ducks led 3-2 at 10:05 when Beleskey put a backhand past goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. Beleskey, who was a scratch the previous game, got his 22nd goal, his first in five games since returning from a shoulder injury.

Anaheim defenseman James Wisniewski, acquired in a trade from Columbus on March 2, had the assist. Center William Karlsson, who was acquired in the Wisniewski trade and was making his Blue Jackets debut, helped tie the game 32 seconds later.

Karlsson sprung Hartnell down the right side for a wrist shot from the circle. Hartnell has 11 goals and three assists in the past 13 games.

"It was an emotional game for sure," Columbus left wing Boone Jenner said. "You could [see] that with the hits and fights. They're a big, fast strong team, and we played big too."

Scoring Summary
1st Period
06:11ANA PPG - Ryan Kesler (19) ASST: Rickard Rakell (22), Kyle Palmieri (14) 1 - 0 ANA
14:21ANA Andrew Cogliano (13) ASST: Nate Thompson (13) 2 - 0 ANA
15:35CBJ PPG - Scott Hartnell (23) ASST: Ryan Johansen (39), Jack Johnson (28) 2 - 1 ANA
2nd Period
07:41CBJ Ryan Johansen (24) ASST: Cam Atkinson (15) 2 - 2 Tie
10:05ANA Matt Beleskey (22) ASST: Corey Perry (20), James Wisniewski (24) 3 - 2 ANA
10:37CBJ Scott Hartnell (24) ASST: William Karlsson (2), Marko Dano (8) 3 - 3 Tie
11:48CBJ Nick Foligno (26) ASST: Jeremy Morin (3), Artem Anisimov (15) 4 - 3 CBJ
3rd Period
19:23CBJ EN - Scott Hartnell (25) ASST: Cam Atkinson (16), David Savard (18) 5 - 3 CBJ
Three Stars of the Game
Scott Hartnell
G: 3Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 12:42
Ryan Johansen
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 20:03
Sergei Bobrovsky
SA: 40TOI: 60:00
GA: 3EV: 28-30
PIM: 0PP: 9-10
SV%: .925SH: 0-0
Penalty Summary
1st Period
04:13CBJ Scott Hartnell  Roughing against  Clayton Stoner
07:57CBJ Artem Anisimov  Hooking against  Patrick Maroon
10:04ANA Simon Despres  Holding against  Ryan Johansen
15:08ANA Kyle Palmieri  Cross checking against  Marko Dano
18:01CBJ David Savard  Charging against  Andrew Cogliano
18:13ANA James Wisniewski  Tripping against  Ryan Johansen
2nd Period
05:32ANA Clayton Stoner  Fighting (maj) against  Jared Boll
05:32CBJ Jared Boll  Fighting (maj) against  Clayton Stoner
07:55CBJ Fedor Tyutin  Hooking against  Kyle Palmieri
18:34ANA Patrick Maroon  Fighting (maj) against  Dalton Prout
18:34CBJ Dalton Prout  Fighting (maj) against  Patrick Maroon
19:18CBJ David Savard  Roughing against  Corey Perry
19:18ANA Corey Perry  Embellishment against  David Savard
3rd Period
03:33CBJ Kevin Connauton  Hi-sticking against  Corey Perry
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/51/3
Faceoff Wins3538
Blocked Shots512
Penalty Minutes1822
3C. StonerD0010513:28
7A. CoglianoL1003014:39
10C. PerryR01-12220:33
14T. FleischmannL00-1306:19
15R. GetzlafC00-12021:54
17R. KeslerC10-13017:38
19P. MaroonL00-21515:23
20J. WisniewskiD0102222:54
21K. PalmieriC0101215:59
23F. BeaucheminD00-24021:52
24S. DespresD00-13219:31
33J. SilfverbergR00-13015:53
39M. BeleskeyL1016015:15
44N. ThompsonC01-10010:44
45S. VatanenD0003021:14
46J. SekacL000106:33
47H. LindholmD00-21021:10
67R. RakellC0102013:24
36J. Gibson2226.84659:10
4K. ConnautonD0000214:35
7J. JohnsonD0111027:26
9J. MorinR0111010:57
13C. AtkinsonR0211016:58
19R. JohansenC1103020:03
20W. KarlssonC0100012:02
26C. TroppR000108:38
29C. GoloubefD0000013:38
38B. JennerC0013017:25
40J. BollR000157:04
42A. AnisimovC0121216:14
43S. HartnellL3015212:42
47D. ProutD0010519:12
51F. TyutinD0000219:59
55M. LetestuC00-13014:33
56M. DanoR0102013:50
58D. SavardD0112425:09
71N. FolignoL1023017:37
72S. Bobrovsky3740.92560:00