COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) After a disastrous 0-8 start last year that turned into a season-long tailspin, the
They got it Friday night.
Rookie defenseman Zach Werenski had a goal and an assist, and teammates
Columbus never trailed in Friday's game.
''Just to fight through against a pretty good team that was coming at us in the second half of the game, saw our goalie play really well and keep us there, it just gives us a notch of confidence,'' Columbus coach John Tortorella said. ''We keep on going from that.''
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The Blue Jackets (1-2-0) took the lead when the 19-year-old Werenski netted a wrist shot from the point during a power play at 9:10 in the first period. It was his team-leading second goal of the season, with
The Blackhawks tied it up 2:29 into the second period when a shot by
Columbus took advantage of the power play again at 4:36 of the second when Foligno tapped it in from in front of the net, with assists from Werenski and
Fourth-line center Karlsson got the Blue Jackets' final goal with 6:16 left in the second when he tipped in a shot from
Panik pulled Chicago within one at 5:54 into the third period, popping in a goal from in front of the net off a pass from Gustav Forsling, but the Blackhawks couldn't tie it.
The Blackhawks have lost two straight.
''Even when it seems like we're doing a good job, bounces go against us,'' Toews said. ''We're just a little shaky in some areas, so unfortunately another two goals we gave up in (penalty kill), it's just not good enough. We deserve all the criticism. We just need to keep finding ways and go deep in really trying to dig ourselves out of this right now.''
Foligno greeted Bobrovsky at the end of the game with an embrace.
''Bob had been waiting a little while for that one,'' Foligno said. ''It was nice, just for him, too. He's played outstanding the first two games for us, and it was nice to be able to reward him with a big win and a big hug.''
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Blackhawks: Return home for a Saturday night game against Toronto.
Blue Jackets: Four-game road trip begins Saturday night in Dallas.