Cam Atkinson collects a hat trick for the Blue Jackets

Cam Atkinson is congratulated after scoring his first of three goals against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on Friday night.

One game after Scott Hartnell recorded the first hat trick for the Blue Jackets since April 5, 2012, Cam Atkinson recorded another one. In a bit of irony, the hat trick back in April of 2012 was also Cam Atkinson.

Cam’s first two goals came in the first period, and helped the Blue Jackets build a 4-2 lead.

Atkinson’s third goal came with less than a minute left with an empty net to finish off the scoring 5-2. It was the first time in franchise history that the Blue Jackets had hat tricks in consecutive games.