Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane scored in the shootout to give the Blackhawks a 2-1 win at Nationwide Arena, their 11th consecutive victory over the Blue Jackets. Chicago got its first win after losing two in a row following a season-opening 24-game points streak (21-0-3).
"It's nice," Kane said. "It's a way better feeling in here when we win. They're a good team, especially compared to last year. It was a good fight for us, a tight checking game.
"For us to come out and get two points, it's a good confidence boost. It's good to feel a win again."
Columbus got a point in its ninth consecutive game (6-0-3), a franchise record. The Blue Jackets have gone to overtime in eight of the nine games.
"It could have gone either way tonight," Blue Jackets center Derick Brassard said "It was a tough shootout there for us. We battled for 65 minutes [and] I think we played a good game.
"We need to find a way to win those games because those points are really important."
Bobrovsky has a .962 save percentage in his past seven games.
"He has been spectacular for a while here for us," Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky said. "He certainly [gave] us an opportunity to win the game here tonight."
Artem Anisimov scored for Columbus to start the shootout. Toews matched Anisimov's goal and Crawford denied Ryan Johansen before Kane scored on his patented delay move, waiting for Bobrovsky to commit then going forehand-backhand, under the crossbar. Crawford's save on Brassard ended the game.
The teams combined for 13 shots in overtime, with the Blackhawks taking seven. But Columbus had the best chance to score when Nick Foligno came up left wing on a 2-on-1, worked his way between the circles and tried to go the other way on Crawford but missed wide.
The Blackhawks killed 1:32 of a power play at the end of regulation and the first 28 seconds to start overtime. The crowd of 15,009 gave the teams a lengthy standing ovation after OT.
"It was pretty intense," Kane said. "There were 13 shots total for both teams. It was a pretty interesting overtime, obviously. The goalies made some great saves and it was definitely back and forth."
All four of the meetings in the season series were decided by one goal.
"Right now in our dressing room we are really positive," Brassard said. "Our confidence is high. We know we can roll with the best teams, but this is a tough loss."
Chicago opened the scoring on Johnny Oduya's first goal of the season late in the second period.
Kane gathered the puck slightly in front of the right point and sent a diagonal cross-ice pass against the flow of players to Oduya near the left circle. The defenseman's shot beat Bobrovsky at 16:45.
The assist was Kane's 400th career point in his 426th NHL game.
It took the Blue Jackets less than a minute to tie it.
On the power play, Dubinsky won an offensive-zone faceoff to his left, and Brassard sent the puck from there across the ice to Jack Johnson moving forward from the blue line. Johnson ripped a one-timer past Crawford at 17:37 for his fourth of the season.
Johnson has four points in six games since returning from a shoulder injury on March 5.
The Blue Jackets points streak broke the record established Jan. 16-Feb. 6, 2001 in the club's inaugural season (4-0-2-2) and equaled on Tuesday.
Material from team media and wire services were used in this report
|Matt Calvert Fighting (maj) against Andrew Shaw|
|Andrew Shaw Fighting (maj) against Matt Calvert|
|Colton Gillies Tripping against Marian Hossa|
|Sheldon Brookbank Holding against Derick Brassard|
|Viktor Stalberg Interference on goalkeeper against Sergei Bobrovsky|