One day after a Senators fan asked Bobby Ryan to score a goal for puppy-related reasons, a Blue Jackets fan asked winger Cam Atkinson to score on her birthday so she could get a dog. She chose the right player.

Atkinson exceeded the kid’s expectations, and earned a hat trick:

Atkinson notched a goal in each period against Montreal Monday night. Technically, that birthday girl’s eligible for three puppies:

What’s the next requirement? Fights? Shutouts? Parents need to think of a new strategy quickly so they don’t keep giving away puppies.

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