Chicago at Columbus

Blackhawks snap four-game losing streak with win over Blue Jackets

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- One team kept its foot in the playoff race, the other seems to be fading out.

Cam Barker, Patrick Kane and Andrew Ladd paced Chicago with a goal and an assist each, and the Blackhawks snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3 Friday night.

Both teams entered seven points behind the postseason cutoff in the Western Conference.

Duncan Keith, Dave Bolland and Dustin Byfuglien also scored for Chicago, who jumped to a 3-0 lead in the opening frame.

"We started very well," Blackhawks coach Denis Savard said. "We were ready to play, bottom line. Everyone played a solid game. That's what we have to continue to do if we want to get to the playoffs."

Patrick Lalime made 29 saves for Chicago, including a huge stop on Rick Nash from close range in the final minute of the second period with the Blackhawks leading by one.

Fredrik Modin, Dan Fritsche and Nash tallied for the Blue Jackets, who have won only one of nine home games.

"We were really poor in our own zone," Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We weren't poor with our coverage, we were poor with the puck."

The Blue Jackets staged a rally to get back into the game.

Nash, playing his first game since being named Blue Jackets captain, cut Columbus' deficit to 4-3 at 7:15 of the third period with his team-leading 36th goal. But Byfuglien pushed Chicago's lead back to two goals three minutes later with his 17th.

Ladd made it 6-3 with a power-play goal with 3:23 remaining.

"We just talked about coming out with lots of energy and getting on the body, getting lots of pressure all over the ice," Ladd said.

Barker scored his fifth of the season at 1:00 of the opening period on the Blackhawks' first shot. His drive from a tough angle at the boards near the left circle got over goalie Pascal Leclaire.

Keith made it 2-0 on the power play at 11:21, snapping home a pass from Robert Lang.

Just 1:51 later, Kane curled a backhand shot through traffic that Leclaire couldn't hold. Bolland smacked in the rebound for his fourth of the season, drawing boos from the home crowd.

Hitchcock pulled Leclaire, who allowed three goals on six shots, and replaced him with Fredrik Norrena.

"The game was lost in the defensive end," Nash said. "It's clear we were giving up too much and weren't battling hard enough."

The Blue Jackets scored two goals 27 seconds apart to get within 3-2 in the second period.

David Vyborny weaved through traffic and left a pass for Modin, who missed the previous four games due to a sore groin. He fired a shot through a screen to beat Lalime at 6:27 on the power play. Columbus was 1-for-35 with the man advantage its previous 10 games.

While the goal was being announced, Jared Boll, from behind the net, fed Fritsche inside the right circle for a quick shot and his 10th goal.

"We made mistakes on a couple goals, but we kept our composure," Savard said. "I like the poise that we had. We never panicked, kept going at them and got a good result."

Kane made it 4-2 at 12:00, nudging a puck over the goal line as it sat near the outstretched Norrena.

Nash beat Lalime with a floater in the third from the right circle.

"I thought we played a pretty good, full 60 minutes," Byfuglien said. "That's what you need to do to win games."

Notes

  • Chicago is in danger of missing the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season. The Blue Jackets have never qualified in their seven-year history.
  • Nash is the fifth captain Blue Jackets' history.
  • The teams will meet twice more this season.
  • The Blackhawks scored four goals in the first period of their last game against the Blue Jackets, a 7-2 win at Columbus on Feb. 13.
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Duncan Keith and the Blackhawks beat up on Jason Chimera and the Blue Jackets.   (Getty Images)
Duncan Keith and the Blackhawks beat up on Jason Chimera and the Blue Jackets. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Chicago  (34-31-7) «3126
Columbus (31-29-11)0213
Three Stars
P. Kane
CHI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
P. Lalime
CHI


Saves: 29
Save Pct.: .906
C. Barker
CHI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
01:00Cam Barker (5), Slap Shot, Unassisted.
11:21Power Play - Duncan Keith (11), Snap Shot. Assist: Robert Lang, Rene Bourque
13:12Dave Bolland (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Patrick Kane, Cam Barker
2ND PERIOD
06:27Power Play - Fredrik Modin (6), Slap Shot. Assist: David Vyborny, Dick Tarnstrom
06:54Dan Fritsche (10), Snap Shot. Assist: Jared Boll, Andrew Murray
12:00Patrick Kane (17), Wrist Shot. Assist: Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp
3RD PERIOD
07:15Rick Nash (36), Slap Shot, Unassisted.
10:20Dustin Byfuglien (17), Slap Shot. Assist: Andrew Ladd
16:37Power Play - Andrew Ladd (12), Snap Shot. Assist: Patrick Sharp, Brent Seabrook
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
07:17Wisniewski, 2 min, Tripping
09:29Nash, 2 min, Hooking
16:19Wisniewski, 2 min, Tripping
2ND PERIOD
04:49Bourque, 2 min, Slashing
08:37Tollefsen, 2 min, Hooking
09:49Kane, 2 min, Hooking
19:36Kane, 2 min, Holding
3RD PERIOD
15:12Boll, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
 123T
Chicago79925
Columbus917632
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Patrick Lalime59:59293
Pascal Leclaire13:1233
Fredrik Norrena46:48163
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Chicago2-for-4
Columbus1-for-2
Game Information
Attendance - 15699
Referees - Rob Martell, Brad Watson
Linesmen - Jonny Murray, Brad Lazarowich
 
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