RAPID REACTION: Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews both found the back of the net, but the Blackhawks fell the Blue Jackets 5-2 on Saturday night in Chicago.
Columbus got on the board first courtesy of a Pierre-Luc Dubois tally, before Patrick Kane made sure extending his point streak to 17 games would be a drama-free affair. His first period goal came off a beautiful pass from Alex DeBrincat, who found Kane in the circle where #88 could pick his spot and fire home his 35th goal of the season past Sergei Bobrovsky.
Video: CBJ@CHI: Kane extends point streak with PPG
The Blue Jackets would add two more in the first period, as goals from Artemi Panarin and Cam Atkinson extended the Columbus lead to 3-1.
Cam Ward made 25 saves against Columbus. The former Conn Smythe Trophy winner entered Saturday night's game with five straight wins, including three performances in which he turned away 40 shots or more. In a gutsy performance against the Blue Jackets, Ward made a series of highlight reel saves to keep Chicago in the game.
Video: CBJ@CHI: Ward makes two stops on Anderson
The Blackhawks second goal of the game came late in the second period, a magnificently-worked team goal that began on Patrick Kane's stick before Erik Gustafsson found Jonathan Toews with a pass from behind the net. The Captain did the rest as the Blackhawks trimmed the deficit to 3-2 heading into the third.