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Hat trick highlights historic night for Jenner

Longtime Blue Jacket also earns goal No. 100 in his career

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

As Boone Jenner completed the postgame interview at his locker stall after Tuesday night's win, he was handed three pucks by a Blue Jackets team staffer with a photographer in tow. 

It was time for what has become tradition, the hat trick scorer taking a quick picture for the record books with three game pucks. 

As Jenner was handed the trio of rubber discs for the moment of posterity, seen above, he couldn't help but have a question. 

Video: BOS@CBJ: Jenner sparks Blue Jackets win with hatty

"How do I do this?" 

He could be forgiven for not knowing the most photogenic way to hold the pucks. (Stack 'em? All in one hand? Perhaps two in one, one in the other?) 

That's because the hat trick in Columbus' 7-4 victory over Boston was the first of Jenner's NHL career, which stretches back to 2013. In fact, the accomplishment was the first for Jenner since March 8, 2013, when he put in three goals for the Oshawa Generals vs. the Kingston Frontenacs. 

"It's definitely nice," Jenner said about the hat trick during the aforementioned media scrum. "I think it's just something you want to get as a player, I guess. It's a good feeling."

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That response was typical Jenner, who is known as much for his lunchpail work ethic than his goal-scoring. It's not that Jenner can't score -- he had 30 goals in 2015-16 and has 15 this year -- but he's most noted by his team for going one way at all times: hard.  

That makes him a John Tortorella kind of guy, one reason the head coach was smiling when talking about Jenner after the game. For Tortorella, it was just another sign of the value Jenner brings to the table, especially compared to how much the team missed him the night before in a 2-0 loss to the Islanders when Jenner was out while fighting a bug. 

"It's a huge boost for us," Tortorella said about Jenner's return. "We talk about big-name players that are out of the lineup - Jens is just a guy that you pull for. He just doesn't know how to do it any other way than just simply work hard. I really respect how he's handled himself, and it was certainly a big boost for us tonight." 

The irony is that Jenner, whose fever broke overnight and who said he felt fine after the game, was looked at mostly to fill a defensive role when Tortorella drew up his line combinations. With longtime linemate Josh Anderson off to join Ryan Dzingel and Matt Duchene, Jenner and Nick Foligno were paired with winger Riley Nash and tasked with hounding Boston's top line featuring Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. 

While that Bruins line was able to get a goal against the Jenner trio, the Columbus forward got the last laughs with his three-goal performance. First, he scored a shorthanded tally with 5.2 seconds left in the first period that was one of the louder moments of the season in Nationwide Arena.  

Moments after Columbus killed off 39 seconds of being down two men, Jenner intercepted a Boston pass and fed Anderson in on the PK. While Tuukka Rask saved Anderson's original try, Jenner followed and backhanded the rebound in before Rask could reset himself to give Columbus a 3-1 lead. 

"We're trying to find a way to score goals, and who would think we would score a goal like that?" Tortorella couldn't help but wonder after the game. 

There wasn't much other than an easy finish for Jenner's second goal, which doubled as the 100th of his six-year, 407-game career. Nash fed him alone in front for what was nothing more than a tap-in finish to make it 5-1 in the second. 

Finally, Jenner iced the Blue Jackets' crucial victory with a long-distance stuff into an empty-net off a feed from Nash. 

On a night of milestones, it was Jenner who left Boston feeling sick. 

"It felt good getting back out there," Jenner said. "Obviously it's not fun yesterday, not feeling well and not being with the guys. It was nice to get back out there, and I felt good." 

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