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Blue Jackets extend point streak in shootout loss to Blackhawks

Korpisalo leaves with injury; Lehner makes 31 saves for Chicago

by Craig Merz / Independent Correspondent

Kane lifts Blackhawks to SO win

CHI@CBJ: Kane, Lehner lead Blackhawks to shootout win

Patrick Kane scored in the 2nd round and Robin Lehner stopped Nathan Gerbe in the 3rd round to lead the Blackhawks to a 3-2 shootout victory

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COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Blue Jackets extended their point streak to 10 games, but Joonas Korpisalo was injured during a shootout in a 3-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at Nationwide Arena on Sunday.

It's the longest point streak Columbus (17-14-7) has had since winning 10 in a row from March 4-29, 2018. The Blue Jackets are 6-0-4 during the streak, which is the fourth-longest in their history.

Korpisalo made 28 saves but needed help leaving the ice after Jonathan Toews scored in the first round of the shootout. He was replaced by Elvis Merzlikins.


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There was no update on Korpisalo's condition after the game.

"He's been a rock for us for a while," Columbus captain Nick Foligno said. "Hopefully it's not too serious. He's a guy that, man, we would have liked to have gotten that win for him tonight, because he played outstanding again."

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Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski had a goal disallowed at the end of overtime; video review determined the puck crossed the line after time expired. Columbus was on a power play when Werenski took a rebound and shot from the left circle.

Robin Lehner made 31 saves for Chicago (17-17-6), which won for the fourth time in five games despite trailing 2-0 in the third period before goals from Dylan Strome (7:33) and Erik Gustafsson on the power play with 2:02 remaining.

It was Lehner's first shootout win in four tries this season; he is 9-23 in his NHL career.

"Columbus played really well today. They came at us hard," Lehner said. "That we could battle through the second period and keep it 2-0 was big for us. Same message at the intermission, just stick with it.

"It doesn't matter how long it takes. We got one goal, [Gustafsson] steps up and gets a huge goal for us and we got life back. It was really nice to get this one."

Strome scored on a deflection of Connor Murphy's shot from the left point to make it 2-1.

"Good things happen when he gets pucks through and to the net," Strome said. "[The defense] has actually been getting pucks through, but we haven't had guys there."

Gustafsson tied it after Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones was given a delay of game penalty for shooting the puck over the glass with 3:44 left. Gustafsson scored his fifth goal with a shot from above the left circle.

"We can win games [even] when we don't have the best nights," he said.

Riley Nash gave Columbus a 1-0 lead at 6:54 of the first period. He skated out of his own end into the attacking zone and had his wrist shot skim the skate of Blackhawks defenseman Slater Koekkoek and go glove-side to the upper right corner for his third goal.

Pierre-Luc Dubois made it 2-0 at 18:40 of the first. Foligno skated through the crease to gather a loose puck and sent a cross-ice, backhand pass to the lower right circle for a one-timer.

"I didn't like our first period at all, but I thought we found a way to respond in the second," Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said. "It's not like we dominated the second, but we played much better, had our chances and were able to stay in the game and give ourselves a chance to come back. In the third, we were really good."

Patrick Kane scored the deciding goal in the shootout on the first shot Merzlikins faced.

"A couple of our mistakes and penalties broke us," Blue Jackets defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov said. "We had some chances but couldn't score. We've got to be patient again. That's our key."

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They said it

"This was one of those games that maybe in the first two periods we didn't deserve to win the game, but that's how hockey works sometimes. We stuck with it, we got our goals, and we really battled hard to get back." -- Blackhawks goalie Robin Lehner

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"We sat back. We stopped creating plays. We were backing up and giving them the neutral zone and allowed them to play with space. You didn't see us do much in the third period. We were on our heels." -- Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones


Need to know

Blackhawks defenseman Adam Boqvist returned after missing one game with a shoulder injury. He had one hit and two blocked shots in 20:19. … Chicago was 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and has killed 15 straight over the past six games. … Dubois has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past six games.


What's next

Blackhawks: At the Calgary Flames on Tuesday (9 p.m. SNW, NBCSCH, NHL.TV)

Blue Jackets: Host the Florida Panthers on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-O, FS-F, NHL.TV)

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