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Huet makes 31 saves in Blackhawks' 4th straight win, 3-1 over Blue Jackets

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CHICAGO - Cristobal Huet made 31 saves, and Martin Havlat scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to their fourth straight victory, 3-1 over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night.

Havlat ripped a shot from the left circle past rookie goalie Steve Mason at 9:36 of the third to complete a crisp give-and-go with Duncan Keith.

Patrick Sharp scored in the final second of the second period, and Brent Seabrook added an empty-net goal. Chicago is 5-0-1 in its last six games and 10-1-4 at home.

Fredrik Modin scored for Columbus, and the 20-year-old Mason finished with 28 saves. The Blue Jackets have lost five straight on the road.

Mason is 8-5-1 in 14 games since joining the Blue Jackets in early November.

Modin scored the lone goal of the first period 1:35 in. His screened wrist shot from the right circle flew over Huet's shoulder as he dropped to the ice.

Huet made a point-blank pad save on Rick Nash on a breakaway with just over a minute left in the first.

Mason made one of his toughest saves early in the second on Havlat, who was left wide open at the edge of the crease. Mason kicked out his right pad to block Havlat's low shot.

Sharp's power-play goal with less than a second left in the second tied it 1-1.

Sharp's shot from the left side of the net deflected in off Mason, who was sprawled on the ice after reaching to make a glove save on Cam Barker's drive from the blue-line.

Notes: The crowd of 21,379 was the Blackhawks 15th sellout in 15 home games this season. ... Blackhawks D James Wisniewski is expected to join the team Tuesday in Edmonton. Wisniewski had knee surgery in July and has played the past week with Rockford of the AHL on a rehab assignment ... Fredrik Norrena was the healthy scratch Sunday night in the Blue Jackets' three-goalie rotation. Columbus C Jiri Novotny and D Ole-Kristian Tollefsen also were healthy scratches.

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