Columbus at Chicago

    Blackhawks 4, Blue Jackets 2

    CBS wire reports

    CHICAGO -- Martin Havlat had two goals and an assist and the Chicago Blackhawks scored three power-play goals for the second straight game in a 4-2 exhibition victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.

    Martin Lapointe and Radim Vrbata also scored, and Sebastien Caron made 18 saves to help the Blackhawks improve to 4-0 in preseason play. Manny Malhotra and Alexandre Picard scored for Columbus (2-3) and Fredrik Norenna stopped 28 shots.

    Havlat opened the scoring 5:34 into the first, with his cross-ice centering pass intended for Lapointe deflecting in off Columbus defenseman Marc Methot's skate. Malhotra tied at 8:26 when he wrapped the puck inside the left post from behind the net.

    Lapointe gave Chicago a 2-1 lead at 9:49, banging in a rebound of Jeff Hamilton's shot from the point. Vrbata deked Norenna to the ice and tucked in a shot with 7:25 left in the second to make it 3-1.

    Picard cut it to 3-2 with 1:38 left in the third when he scored a power-play goal with Norenna on the bench for an extra attacker.

    Havlat scored into an empty net with 27 seconds left to complete the scoring.

    The Blackhawks signed goalie Brian Boucher to a one-year contract before the game. Boucher had been invited to Chicago's training camp on a try-out basis. Patrick Lalime, originally tabbed as the backup to top goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, will miss the next three months recovering from a herniated disc.

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    Scoring Summary
    5:34Power Play - Martin Havlat - Assists: Denis Arkhipov and Martin Lapointe
    8:26Manny Malhotra
    9:49Power Play - Martin Lapointe - Assists: Jeff Hamilton and Martin Havlat
    12:35Power Play - Radim Vrbata - Assists: Lasse Kukkonen and Sebastien Caron
    18:22Power Play - Alexandre Picard - Assists: Dan Fritsche and Anders Eriksson
    19:33Martin Havlat
    Penalty Summary
    4:06Dan Fritsche: interference - minor
    7:57Brandon Sugden: fighting - major
    7:57Reed Low: fighting - major
    8:14Darcy Verot: fighting - major
    8:14James Wisniewski: fighting - major
    9:08Jason Chimera: holding - minor
    14:58Alexandre Picard: interference - minor
    17:48Jassen Cullimore: interference - minor
    6:08Gilbert Brule: cross-checking - minor
    6:08Gilbert Brule: high-sticking - minor
    9:11Aaron Johnson: boarding - minor
    10:53Anson Carter: high-sticking - minor
    14:42Aaron Johnson: tripping - minor
    15:45too many men - minor
    17:23Jassen Cullimore: hooking - minor
    19:42Alexandre Picard: roughing - minor
    8:14Radim Vrbata: hooking - minor
    8:14Martin Havlat: roughing - minor
    10:27Alexandre Picard: hooking - minor
    14:24Darcy Verot: misconduct - misconduct
    14:24Brandon Sugden: roughing - minor
    14:24Eric Boguniecki: delay-of-game - minor
    14:24Reed Low: roughing - minor
    17:49Radim Vrbata: tripping - minor
    Columbus596 20
    Chicago9158 32
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    Game Time - 60:00
    Referees - Stephane Auger, Frederick L'Ecuyer
    Line Judges - Greg Devorski, Scott Driscoll
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