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Toews scores twice, Chicago ends skid, 6-3 @NHLdotcom

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Jonathan Toews had two goals and an assist, and the Chicago Blackhawks' struggling power play scored twice in a 6-3 victory over the stumbling Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.

The Blackhawks broke a three-game losing streak with their highest scoring game of the season.

Andrew Brunette, Steve Montador, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa also had goals for Chicago, which lost 3-0 at St. Louis on Tuesday. Montador added an assist, and Nick Leddy and Brent Seabrook both had two assists. Corey Crawford made 27 saves.

The Blue Jackets fell to 2-12-1, by far the worst record in the NHL. They have lost three in a row and been outscored 19-6.

Grant Clitsome had a career-best two goals, and newly acquired Mark Letestu also scored for the Blue Jackets. Rick Nash earned his 500th NHL point by assisting on Letestu's goal. Fedor Tyutin had two assists.

Chicago entered last in the league on the power play, converting just 5 of 57 opportunities. But the Blackhawks scored on two of their three advantages to get out of their rut against the Blue Jackets, among the worst in the league on the penalty kill.

Toews scored twice in the first period, the second on the Blackhawks' first power play. Toews sent on a soft shot from the left circle on net that somehow eluded goalie Steve Mason.

Brunette opened the second period with another power-play goal at 1:25.

Montador then converted Duncan Keith's pass from the corner while unchecked in the slot. Kane made it 5-1 when he took an errant pass from Columbus' Vinny Prospal, skated in alone on Mason, deked and scored on the backhand.

Hossa scored over a sprawling Mason 32 seconds into the third period.

Clitsome's shot from the left point had tied it at 1. After Letestu scored off Nash's nifty feed from behind the net, Clitsome netted his second with a one-timer.

Rumors have swirled recently that the jobs of Blue Jackets second-year coach Scott Arniel and general manager Scott Howson were in jeopardy, or that Columbus would pull off a big trade to shake up the team.

An announced crowd of 15,048 - that appeared to be closer to half of that - booed loudly when the Blackhawks pulled away in the second period.

NOTES: Columbus activated F Jared Boll (broken thumb) before the game. He hadn't played yet this season. ... Chicago hadn't scored more than one power-play goal - nor more than five goals - in a game this season. ... The Blue Jackets acquired Letestu from the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier this week for a fourth-round pick in the 2012 draft. ... The Blackhawks are 35-23-7 against Columbus, including 18-12-4 on the road.

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