Halfway through the second period of Friday's game, people were asking if there would be enough gunpowder to keep firing the cannon in Nationwide Arena.
It was a valid question.
The Blue Jackets scored 10 goals to hand Montreal its first loss of the season and set new team records for goals scored in a single game (the prior high was eight in Nov. 2010), and for the largest margin of victory - the previous record was a seven-goal differential in the aforementioned win over St. Louis in 2010.
Columbus also became the first team to score 10 goals in a regular season NHL game since March 2011, and it was the first time since January 1996 that a team scored 10 goals in a shutout.
Fans at Nationwide Arena giddily cheered for more and more goals, counting up the tally each time their team scored, and they got to see 16 players earn a point (another team record) and four different players score twice.
Cam Atkinson, Scott Hartnell, Josh Anderson and Nick Foligno each got two goals and Anderson and Foligno added an assist, as well. It was the first multi-point game of Anderson's NHL career.
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Markus Nutivaara earned his first NHL point from an assist on David Savard's first period marker. Alexander Wennberg had a landmark night, setting a new career high for assists in one game with four. Sergei Bobrovsky recorded his third shutout in nine games.
And while the team was jubilant, with just those nine games under its belt and 73 to go, there remains a sense of perspective and unfinished business in the wake of such a record-breaking performance.
"It's a great feeling (to set the franchise records), but we'll move on," Foligno told BlueJackets.com. "That's the beauty of it. We have talked about it. You have to have the same emotion whether you lose or win. You feel good and then you move on. Obviously it's a great accomplishment. We're proud of the win more than anything."
Anderson said that after a quick three goals came in the first period, head coach John Tortorella reminded the group to focus and play a full 60-minute game regardless of the score. And even if you were having a career night, like Wennberg did, one could not allow themselves to get sidetracked by the score.
"You can't focus on all the big things going on, you have to keep playing in the moment and doing the best you can," Wennberg said. "I kind of knew (it was a career high for me) but you don't really focus on it. There's a game going. You know about it, but you've got to keep going on."
There is a moment to pause and recognize the accomplishment, of course. Foligno said guys get a pat on the back after a night like that. But it's not a symbol of achievement, rather one of showing where the target is for every player on the team night in and night out.
"I'm proud of our group and what we've accomplished (tonight), but we haven't accomplished anything yet, really," Foligno said. "We've got a ways to go and I think every guy feels it in here. (The way we played) says we're growing and understanding that is the type of team we need to be."
All in all, a night like Friday bears mention. It will hold a place in record books likely for the foreseeable future. But for the Blue Jackets and their season, it's just one win.
"All it is is a tick in the win column," Tortorella said. "No matter what the score is, that's all it is, is a tick. My biggest concern is getting ready to play tomorrow night."