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Hagel lifts Blackhawks to OT win against Blue Jackets

Scores at 1:25 for Chicago, which sweeps two-game set; Laine gets two goals for Columbus

by Craig Merz / Independent Correspondent

Hagel nets game-winner

CHI@CBJ: Hagel buries game-winner in OT

Brandon Hagel wires a wrist shot past Joonas Korpisalo in overtime to lift the Blackhawks past the Blue Jackets, 4-3

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COLUMBUS -- Brandon Hagel scored at 1:25 of overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Monday.

Hagel received a cross-ice pass from Kirby Dach on a 3-on-2 and beat Joonas Korpisalo glove side from the left circle.

"Sometimes it wasn't going in for me this year, so finally nice to get one like that and just build off it," said Hagel, who has scored six goals this season. "I know I can score in this league."

Brett Connolly scored in his Blackhawks debut, Patrick Kane had two assists, and Kevin Lankinen made 30 saves for Chicago (20-18-5), which swept the two-game set and has won three of four.

The Blackhawks finished the season 6-2-0 against the Blue Jackets, including winning the final five games.

Patrik Laine scored two goals, and Korpisalo made 30 saves for Columbus (15-20-9), which has lost three straight and 10 of its past 12 (2-8-2).

"We came out the way we wanted to. They had some weapons and they ended up capitalizing," Blue Jackets forward Max Domi said. "We did a lot of good things. Happy for the guys tonight, just an unfortunate ending to the game." 

Stefan Matteau scored his first of the season to put Columbus ahead 1-0 at 14:02 of the first period. Forward Kole Sherwood, who was playing in his second game this season and seventh in the NHL, had an assist for his first NHL point.

"It's nice to score my first point, but would've liked the win tonight," Sherwood said.

Video: CHI@CBJ: Matteau buries breakaway for opening goal

Duncan Keith scored on a one-timer on the power play to tie it 1-1 at 16:25.

Laine made it 2-1 at 6:11 of the second period with a one-timer from the point through traffic. 

Philipp Kurashev tied it 2-2 at 6:15 of the third period, and Connolly gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead at 8:21 with a shot from between the circles that went under the right pad of Korpisalo.

Connolly was acquired in a trade with the Florida Panthers on April 8.

"It's huge, just to chip in and be a part of it right away," Connolly said. "The guys have been amazing. There are a lot of young guys who are hungry to be good and constantly working at their game. So I'm just coming in here to fit in and get back to playing the way I know I can play. I haven't lost confidence in myself. I'm ready to go."

Video: CHI@CBJ: Connolly slides wrist shot past Korpisalo

Laine skated end-to-end and got around Chicago defensemen Calvin de Haan and Riley Stillman before tucking the puck past Lankinen at 11:32 to tie it 3-3. 

"I saw of bunch of openings. Sometimes I just need to take it to the net more," Laine said. "The goal gave me confidence, and good things happen when you go to the net."

Laine scored three times in the two games after going 14 games without a goal.

"I felt like myself out there tonight," he said. "We took advantage of some big plays. I can make things happen on my own, we just need to string something together and get some wins."

Stillman, who was acquired in the same trade as Connolly, made his Blackhawks debut and was minus-1 with four hits and two blocked shots in 21:23.

"I thought Stillman was very physical, he was active, he got stops for us, was jumping in the play," Chicago coach Jeremy Colliton said. "I asked him to pull back a little bit, but he did good stuff out there."

NOTES: The Blue Jackets were playing their first game without captain Nick Foligno, who was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday. … Blackhawks defenseman Adam Boqvist left the game at 4:46 of the first period after being struck in the face by the puck off the stick of Blue Jackets forward Zac Dalpe. Colliton said Boqvist had concussion symptoms. … Kane scored 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in the eight games against Columbus this season.

Video: Hagel's game-winner in OT lifts Blackhawks to victory

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