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History was made: A list of Blue Jackets milestones this season

The record books were rewritten this year in Columbus

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

By now, everyone knows the Blue Jackets made franchise history this season when the team won its first-ever playoff series over Tampa Bay. 

But that was far from the only historic achievement for Columbus this season. 

In fact, creating a list of all the milestones and accomplishments never seen before in the history of Blue Jackets hockey took some work. 

That's why we're here, though, so we did our best to compile all the things that will go down in the records books for Blue Jackets hockey in 2018-19.  

Wins 

No, Columbus did not set a regular-season wins record, as the team's 47 victories finished three short of the most in franchise history behind the 50 games won two years ago. But if you add up the regular season and playoffs, the Blue Jackets did set a new mark with 52 combined triumphs, one more than the 51 in 2016-17. 

In addition, Columbus had road success like the franchise has never seen before. With 25 regular-season wins away from home and 52 points, the Blue Jackets set two new franchise records, then went 3-2 in the postseason away from home. 

There was also a bizarre wins record set by the franchise -- with a mark of 15-4-0 this season on Thursdays, Columbus set a new team mark for wins on a specific day of the week during a season.  

Goals 

Blue Jackets fans had more reasons to jump out of their seats and cheer this season than ever before. That's because Columbus set a new record for goals in a season, tallying 256 times in the regular season for a scoring average of 3.12 goals per game. 

In addition, Columbus scored four or more goals in 38 of 82 games (46.3 percent), another new franchise mark. That means nearly half the time the Blue Jackets took the ice, they reached the four-goal mark, almost a guaranteed win (the team went 35-2-1 in such instances).  

Considering the power play went through fits and starts this season, that means the Blue Jackets were dangerous at 5-on-5, and the numbers bear that out. Columbus scored 187 goals at 5-on-5 during the season, 18 more than the 169 a year ago, which had been the previous franchise record. 

There was also the little example of the highest-scoring game in franchise history. When Calgary invaded Nationwide Arena on Dec. 4, it might have seemed like any other Tuesday night game, but by the end of the 9-6 win for the Flames, it went down in the record books. Cam Atkinson had a hat trick and the Blue Jackets lost, which you don't see very often.  

And for the first time ever, Columbus had five different players score at least 20 goals for the team in Atkinson, Artemi Panarin, Josh Anderson, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Oliver Bjorkstrand. 

Individual 

A whole passel of Blue Jackets either set team records or personal highs during the season. 

We might as well start with Panarin, who again was excellent for the Blue Jackets this season. He finished with 29 goals, 59 assists and 87 points, with the assist and point numbers both personal bests as well as CBJ records.  

That was far from it, though, from Panarin, who finished with 25 multipoint games on the season, breaking the Blue Jackets' old standard of 24 set by Rick Nash in 2008-09 on the way to leading the Jackets to the franchise's first playoff bid. Panarin also had four overtime goals on the year, a new franchise record and one away from tying the NHL mark for most OT goals in one season. 

In addition, Panarin had a 5-6-11 line in the postseason, setting franchise records for goals and points in a playoff year (though he tied with Matt Duchene for the new goal record). 

Another player who had a record-setting season was Atkinson, who finished with 41 goals on the year, not just a career high but also a total that tied Nash's 2008-09 output for the most goals in a single season for the CBJ.  

Atkinson also had eight games with multiple goals on the season, breaking a record he had already tied two seasons ago. That year, he had seven multigoal games, matching the mark of Nash in 2010-11. In addition, two of those multigoal games this year were hat tricks, giving Atkison six in his CBJ career, passing Nash (five) for the franchise mark.  

Seth Jones, meanwhile, also showed the ability to rewrite the record books, at least when it came to putting the puck in the net in overtime. Jones scored three overtime goals to give him seven in his career, a new Blue Jackets mark, and he reset the team's record for fastest OT goal when he took a pass from Atkinson and scored 10 seconds into the extra frame on Dec. 6 at Philadelphia. 

Dubois, meanwhile, not only played in all 82 games for the second straight season, he reset career highs in all three major categories with 27 goals, 34 assists and 61 points. Late in the season, he came the fastest Blue Jacket to 100 points in his career.  

Other notable career highs included Atkinson (69 points), Josh Anderson (82 games, 27 goals, 20 assists, 47 points), Oliver Bjorkstrand (23 goals), Ryan Murray (28 assists, 29 points) and Scott Harrington (73 games, 15 assists, 17 points). 

Other 

One final franchise mark that slipped through the cracks but deserves notice. Columbus averaged just 6.2 penalty minutes per game, the lowest mark ever, besting last year's average of 6.9. That's a statement on just how the NHL is changing -- Columbus had just 12 fighting majors in 82 games -- but also was a key factor in the Jackets placing second in the NHL while killing 85.0 percent of their penalties.  

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