Hartigan's Two Gives Columbus Five

Saturday, 04.01.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Hartigan\'s Two Gives Columbus Five
(AP) -- Mark Hartigan scored twice and added an assist in the third period for his first career multipoint game to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night, tying the franchise mark with their fifth win in a row.

Hartigan had not scored in 18 games before tying the score at 2-2 just 4:49 into the third period. After assisting on Jaroslav Balastik's go-ahead goal, he added his fourth goal of the season for a 4-2 lead.

Nikolai Zherdev also had a goal and David Vyborny added a short-handed empty-netter. Balastik also had an assist.

The Blue Jackets, who trailed 1-0 in the second period and 2-1 early in the third, have come from behind to earn points in 14 games since Jan. 1 -- including eight in which they trailed in the third period.

They've scored four goals in the third period twice in their current streak, including a 5-4 shootout victory at Detroit a week ago.

Brandon Bochenski and Kyle Calder had goals for Chicago, which failed to score during a late 47-second span in which it had three extra skaters after pulling the goalie during a 5-on-3 advantage.

With the score tied at 2, Jason Chimera's backhand centering pass found Balastik for a one-timer midway through the period.

After Rick Nash sliced through the high slot to put a power-play shot on goalie Craig Anderson, Hartigan was there to tap in the rebound to push the lead to 4-2 with 4:28 remaining.

Marc Denis, who had 27 saves, was brilliant as the Blackhawks peppered him with shots with the lopsided three-man advantage in the final 2 minutes before Vyborny blocked a shot and scored his 18th.

Both teams broke through in the second period.

Milan Bartovic carried the puck behind the Columbus goal and slid a centering pass through the slot while Curtis Brown provided traffic. Bochenski skated in to find the puck on his stick and no defensemen nearby, easily netting the puck.

It was Bochenski's seventh goal of the year but his first in a Chicago uniform -- and came in his 11th Blackhawks game. He was acquired from Ottawa along with a second-round draft pick for Tyler Arnason on March 9.

With time winding down in the period, Zherdev brought the puck across mid-ice and then released a shot from the top of the right circle. It slipped between the skates of defenseman Jim Vandermeer and eluded Anderson for Zherdev's 27th.

The teams traded goals in a 33-second span of the third period.

First Calder extended his streak to nine games -- during which he has seven goals and four assists -- when he converted a pass from Mark Cullen.

Hartigan then scored his second goal in the last three games. He waited with the puck until he glided to the right hash before unloading the shot.

victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night, tying the franchise mark with their fifth win in a row.

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