Patrik Laine promised he will score 50 goals this season and he got 10 percent of the way there on Saturday.
The Winnipeg Jets (13-7-2) winger recorded both a franchise and career single game-best five goals en route to an 8-4 win over the St. Louis Blues. Laine stacked three of his five goals in the Jets’ four-goal second period and notched his fifth just over a minute into the third, giving him an NHL-best 19 goals.
Blake Wheeler, Brandon Tanev and Brendan Lemieux were the other Winnipeg scorers in Saturday’s win.
It’s the third five-goal performance in the NHL since the 1997-98 season. Johan Franzen had the most recent one when he reached the feat with the Detroit Red Wings on Feb. 2, 2011, and Marian Gaborik did the same with the Minnesota Wild on Dec. 20, 2007.
Laine, 20, registered just three goals in the team’s first 12 games but Saturday’s performance capped off a career month for the Finnish standout. In November, Laine has registered 16 goals, three hat tricks (two this week) and 11 goals in his past four games. Laine also is the first player to post three hat tricks in one calendar month since Alex Kovalev in February 2001.
Before he even added two more goals for the night, Laine reached the second-most hat tricks before his 21st birthday (seven), putting him behind Wayne Gretzky (12).
Patrik Laine netted the first four-goal game of 2018-19 and the fourth in @NHLJets / Thrashers franchise history.
Mathieu Perreault (Jan. 13, 2015 vs. FLA)
Ilya Kovalchuk (Nov. 11, 2005 vs. TBL)
Pascal Rheaume (Jan. 19, 2002 at FLA) #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/8E6MCJVKCP
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) November 25, 2018
If the historic performance wasn’t enough, Laine’s next goal will give him 100 for his career. Laine will have a few days to savor the win and his performance before the Jets return to action when they welcome the Pittsburgh Penguins to Winnipeg on Tuesday night.