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Blackhawks stay perfect by beating Blue Jackets

Saturday, 01.26.2013 / 11:44 PM

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Blackhawks stay perfect by beating Blue Jackets
Chicago Blackhawks 3, Columbus Blue Jackets 2
Three Stars of the Game
Patrick Kane
1st
G: 0Shots: 4
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 21:15
Artem Anisimov
2nd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 18:01
Niklas Hjalmarsson
3rd
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 22:12

Five games into the new season, the Chicago Blackhawks are still perfect.

Bryan Bickell's goal midway through the second period broke a tie, and Jonathan Toews scored what proved to be the game-winner as the Blackhawks held off the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Saturday, spoiling the night for a full house at Nationwide Arena.

The Blackhawks matched the record for the best start in franchise history; the 1971-72 team also won its first five games. Chicago has scored 20 goals in the five wins.

This wasn't the Blackhawks' best performance, but it was enough to beat the struggling Blue Jackets, who fell to 1-3-1 and haven't won since defeating the Nashville Predators 3-2 in a shootout on opening night.

"That was one of those games where maybe we didn't play our best hockey like we've seen in the last five games, but as a team it doesn't matter who goes out there, you've got to find a way to win," Toews said. "And we did that."

Goaltender Corey Crawford played another solid game, making 24 saves and holding off a late surge by Columbus.

"I feel good, I feel focused," Crawford said. "The puck looks pretty big right now. Also, everyone's making the effort to play defense. It's showing in the first bunch of games -- guys are coming back to help out and that helps us get to offense after that."

Spurred by the crowd of 18,381, the Blue Jackets came out strong and grabbed a 1-0 lead at 7:35 of the opening period when Mark Letestu shoveled home a loose puck after a scramble in front of Crawford. The Blue Jackets dominated the first 15 minutes, but they couldn't get another puck past Crawford and the Blackhawks tied it at 17:54 on a goal by Dave Bolland, who had a wide-open net to shoot at after goaltender Steve Mason stopped Patrick Kane's breakaway.

"Finding ways to win is important," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "You're not going to be great every night or your best every night. Columbus played a hard-working game, working harder than us tonight. But we got key saves from [Crawford] tonight, and that helped us."

Bickell put the Blackhawks ahead to stay at 8:50 of the second period by deflecting Niklas Hjalmarsson's blast from the right point past Mason. Toews gave Chicago a two-goal lead at 6:35, with Kane earning his second assist.

The Blue Jackets thought they had scored in the second period , but a goal by Derick Brassard was waved off when the officials ruled Nick Foligno interfered with Crawford. That decision caused the sellout crowd to boo throughout the game.

"You never know how a game's going to end up," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "[The goal being disallowed] certainly changed the course of the game. At the time, we were down 2-1. It's a huge play. He [referee Dan O'Rourke] makes the call, he saw what he saw. There's nothing we can do once he makes the call."

Artem Anisimov backhanded Brandon Dubinsky's wraparound past Crawford with 2:19 remaining in regulation, but the Blue Jackets couldn't get the equalizer.

Kane, whose scoring totals have dropped in each of the past two seasons, leads the Blackhawks with two goals and nine points. He has more than one point in four of the five games.

"You can tell he's good ol' Kaner," Toews said. "He's going to work hard and make plays."

The Blue Jackets could only ponder the goal that didn't count.

"Overall everybody worked hard," said Mason, who turned in a solid 21-save performance. "It's unfortunate. I'm not sure what the call was on that second goal for us but the guys kept working and we just came up a little short."

Material from team media and wire services was used in this report

scoring summary
1st Period
07:35
CBJ
Mark Letestu (1) ASST: Nick Foligno (1), Derek Dorsett (3)
1 - 0 CBJ
17:54
CHI
Dave Bolland (3) ASST: Patrick Kane (6)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
08:50
CHI
Bryan Bickell (1) ASST: Niklas Hjalmarsson (2), Michael Frolik (1)
2 - 1 CHI
3rd Period
06:35
CHI
Jonathan Toews (3) ASST: Patrick Kane (7), Marian Hossa (2)
3 - 1 CHI
17:41
CBJ
Artem Anisimov (2) ASST: Brandon Dubinsky (1), Ryan Johansen (2)
3 - 2 CHI
penalty summary
1st Period
05:28
CHI
Sheldon Brookbank  Holding against  Derek MacKenzie
15:07
CBJ
Jack Johnson  Boarding against  Dave Bolland
15:07
CHI
Dave Bolland  Slashing against  Jack Johnson
2nd Period
05:58
CBJ
Mark Letestu  Interference against  Viktor Stalberg
11:56
CHI
Jamal Mayers  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Jared Boll
11:56
CHI
Jamal Mayers  Fighting (maj) against  Jared Boll
11:56
CBJ
Jared Boll  Fighting (maj) against  Jamal Mayers
16:50
CBJ
Artem Anisimov  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
3rd Period
04:01
CHI
Patrick Kane  Hooking against  Derick Brassard
10:52
CHI
Dave Bolland  Holding the stick against  Derek Dorsett
10:52
CHI
Dave Bolland  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Derek Dorsett
11:36
CBJ
Derick Brassard  Tripping against  Jonathan Toews
12:04
CBJ
Derek Dorsett  Hi-sticking against  Patrick Sharp
goalie stats
Corey Crawford
SA: 26TOI: 59:45
Saves: 24EV: 14 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .923SH: 2 - 2
Steve Mason
SA: 24TOI: 58:23
Saves: 21EV: 16 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .875SH: 1 - 1