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RECAP: Blue Jackets 5, Blackhawks 2

Patrick Kane's two-point night wasn't enough as the Blackhawks fell to Columbus 5-2

by Austin Siegel / blackhawks.com

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.

Video: CBJ@CHI: Toews, Gustafsson connect for pretty goal

A fortuitous goal from Panarin to start the final frame put Columbus back in front by two goals, before Josh Anderson sealed the deal and the final scoreline, a 5-2 Blue Jackets victory. 

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Patrick Kane's remarkable scoring streak reached 17 games on Saturday night, as the 2019 NHL All Star racked up two points (1 G, 1 A) against the Blue Jackets. 

STAT OF THE NIGHT: For the first time since Oct. 9 2013, the Blackhawks lost a game in regulation in which both Kane and Toews scored. The loss to Columbus was the 99th time both players have found the back of the net in the same game. 

TALKING POINTS: 

"Pretty similar to thw way we've played the last few games. Obviously we didn't have the full 60 that we wanted, but there's still some good spurts in there that allowed us to stay in the game and a power play goal from Kaner to get us going in the first. I think we just need to get back to having that 60-minute effort." - Jonathan Toews on the loss to Columbus

"We gave them their chances, whether we turned it over in the D-zone before a couple of their goals or they got a bounce going on a rush a couple times too. They're a dangerous line and you've got to be more disciplined if you want to be better against them." - Connor Murphy on defending the first line of the Blue Jackets

WHAT'S NEXT: Chicago closes out this homestand by hosting the Ottawa Senators on Monday at 7:30 p.m. CT. The game can be seen on NBCSCH or heard on WGN 720 or streamed on NHL.tv or via the NBCSCH MyTeamsApp.

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