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Sergei Bobrovsky helps Blue Jackets to first win

Makes 32 saves in victory against Blackhawks; Zach Werenski has goal, assist

by Craig Merz / NHL.com Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- After losing the first four games last season, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky said he had "zero confidence" in his game.

Bobrovsky doesn't have to worry about his confidence going into his fourth game this season after he made 32 saves to help the Blue Jackets to a 3-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Nationwide Arena on Friday.

The Blue Jackets (1-0-2) were the only NHL team without a win entering the game against Chicago (2-3-0), but they won't have to answer any questions about possibly repeating their 0-8-0 start of a season ago.

Bobrovsky was stellar late in the game when Chicago had a power play and made it a 6-on-4 advantage by pulling goalie Corey Crawford for an extra attacker while trying to tie it.

"He's played outstanding the first two games for us," Columbus captain Nick Foligno said of Bobrovsky. "It's nice to reward him with a win."

Foligno and rookie defenseman Zach Werenski each had a power-play goal and an assist, and William Karlsson also scored.

Video: CHI@CBJ: Foligno screens Crawford, nets PPG

Richard Panik scored his fifth goal, tied with Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs for the NHL lead, and had an assist for the Blackhawks.

Chicago rookie forward Tyler Motte, who was Werenski's teammate with the University of Michigan last season, scored his first NHL goal, and Crawford made 25 saves.

Panik scored at 5:54 of the third period to pull the Blackhawks to within 3-2, tapping a bouncing puck past Bobrovsky.

Werenski scored his second goal in as many games at 10:50 into the game for a 1-0 lead. Each of his goals has been on the power play.

Motte tied it at 2:29 of the second, cleaning up a rebound of a shot by Jonathan Toews.

Video: CHI@CBJ: Motte scores first goal of career

Werenski helped set up the Blue Jackets' second power-play goal. Crawford made the save on his shot from the high slot, but Foligno was parked in front and made a backhanded swipe for his first goal at 4:36 of the second.

Karlsson scored at 13:44 of the second to make it 3-1.

 

Goal of the game

Karlsson gave Columbus a 3-1 lead when he reached down and used the back of his stick blade to redirect a shot by David Savard.

Video: CHI@CBJ: Karlsson tips Savard's shot for goal

 

Save of the game

Crawford twice stopped former teammate Brandon Saad on a partial breakaway. The second, with 4:59 remaining, kept the Blackhawks within a goal. After Saad got around the outstretched stick of a diving Brent Seabrook, Crawford went down in the butterfly and made the save with his left pad.

 

Unsung moment of the game

Columbus barely escaped the second period with a 3-1 lead. The Blackhawks kept the puck in the Blue Jackets zone for all but the final six seconds of a 2:30 stretch to end the period, but they could not score. Bobrovsky made four saves.

 

Highlight of the game

With 1:23 left in the game, Bobrovsky somehow saw Seabrook's slap shot from the right point through traffic and made the save to prevent the tying goal.

Video: CHI@CBJ: Bobrovsky turns away blast to preserve lead

 

They said it

"That was our best period of the game, probably our best period of the season so far. We skated. We played north-south. We created some opportunities." -- Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella on the first period

 

"Our effort and energy was there. That usually translates to our special teams. It's just not good enough. We deserve all the criticism." -- Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on their penalty kill allowing two goals on two chances

 

"Both [power-play goals} could have been prevented, whether it's a block or a clear. We've got to be sharper. More determination. Try to stay out of the box." -- Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville

 

"There's a lot of guys here who can make a difference, and you saw it tonight." -- Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno
 
 

Video: CHI@CBJ: Werenski nets wrister for PPG

 

Need to know

Chicago forward Patrick Kane played 28:48, including 10:08 of the third period. … Columbus defenseman Ryan Murray left the game with an upper-body injury in the first period and will not play Saturday against the Dallas Stars. … Blackhawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk, who sustained an upper-body injury, will not play Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. … Chicago defenseman Brian Campbell extended his consecutive games streak to 388 but played left wing. … Blue Jackets forward Lukas Sedlak made his NHL debut. … Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa (lower body) did not play. … Chicago is 8-for-19 on the penalty kill (42.1 percent) this season, last in the NHL.
 
 

What's next

Blackhawks: Home against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, WGN, NHL.TV)

Blue Jackets: At the Dallas Stars on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; FS-SW, FS-O, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Bobrovsky, Foligno lift Blue Jackets past Blackhawks

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