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Avalanche’s Mikko Rantanen scores hat trick against Blue Jackets in Finland

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While the Colorado Avalanche were competing in the NHL World Series, star forward Mikko Rantanen had the chance to play a regular season game in his native Finland. Rantanen didn’t disappoint the home crowd with a hat trick in a 6-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Avalanche and Blue Jackets are in Tampere, Finland for a pair of games at Nokia Arena, and Rantanen stole the show in the first. The Finnish native torched the Blue Jackets for three goals and an assist in a brilliant performance that gave the crowd their money’s worth.

Rantanen got on the board early in the second period when he put Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Mezlikins out of position and fired a shot into an open net. In the third period, Rantanen broke a 3-3 tie with a one-timer laser on the power play. Rantanen capped his hat trick with an empty net goal to seal the Avs victory.

After Rantanen completed his hat trick, the Nokia Arena crowd began chanting his name to show their appreciation.

Rantanen also assisted on a goal by defenseman Cale Makar, and was named the game’s first star. Rantanen is now 15 points in 10 games played, and he’s already on pace for another big season with Colorado.

Blue Jackets winger Patrik Laine, from Tampere, also scored a goal in the game.