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.
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'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."
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."