6, Blue Jackets 1
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[March 07, 2014]
Blackhawks 6, Blue Jackets 1: Captain Jonathan Toews scored twice to extend his goal streak to five in
three games and Andrew Shaw also netted a pair as host Chicago breezed
to its 12th consecutive victory over Columbus.
Brandon Bollig and Bryan Bickell also tallied and Corey Crawford
turned aside 22 shots for the Blackhawks, who improved to 5-2-1 in
their last eight home games. Marcus Kruger and defenseman Brent
Seabrook each notched two assists to snap the Blue Jackets'
three-game winning streak.
Ryan Johansen scored his team-leading 25th goal and Sergei Bobrovsky
yielded four goals on 18 shots before giving way to Curtis
McElhinney (13 saves) midway through the second period.
With the score tied at 1-1, Shaw netted his first goal on a
breakaway with 3:16 remaining in the first period after reeling in a
brilliant long pass off the boards from defenseman Sheldon
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Brandon Saad weaved through the defense before setting up Toews for
an easy tap-in at the doorstep exactly eight minutes into the second
period. Bickell cleaned up a rebound 4 1/2 minutes later before Shaw
gave Chicago a 5-1 lead as he deflected Seabrook's shot from the
point past McElhinney.
GAME NOTEBOOK: With Blue Jackets' Fedor Tyutin (ankle) and rookie
Ryan Murray (knee) sidelined, fellow D Nikita Nikitin suffered an
upper-body injury and did not return to the contest. ... Columbus D
Nick Schultz blocked a team-high three shots in his first game since
being acquired from Edmonton on Wednesday. ... Bollig deflected
Kruger's backhander from the slot past Bobrovsky to open the scoring
4:12 into the first period. Columbus took advantage of a poor line
change by Chicago as Johansen scored on a breakaway over 3 1/2
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