CHI
36-7-5
CBJ
24-17-7

Blackhawks 3, Blue Jackets 2

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - This was supposed to be the weekend for the NHL All-Star Game at Nationwide Arena.

Instead, the Chicago Blackhawks flaunted their own constellation of stars.

Patrick Kane had yet another multipoint game with two assists, Jonathan Toews scored the game-winner early in the third period and Corey Crawford had 24 saves to help Chicago match the best start in franchise history with a 3-2 victory Saturday night over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The only other time the Blackhawks began a season 5-0-0 was 1971-72.

"That was one of those games where maybe we didn't play our best hockey like we've seen in the last five games, but as a team it doesn't matter who goes out there you've got to find a way to win," Toews said. "And we did that."

Crawford, who won for the fourth time this season, was solid all night but particularly when the Blackhawks were a man down. They killed all five penalties.

"I feel good, I feel focused," Crawford said. "The puck looks pretty big right now. Also, everyone's making the effort to play defense. It's showing in the first bunch of games - guys are coming back to help out and that helps us get to offense after that."

Badly outplayed at the outset, the Blackhawks played methodical, poised and unhurried hockey all night. Even when down 1-0, it seemed only a matter of time before they collected themselves and took control.

"Finding ways to win is important," coach Joel Quenneville said. "You're not going to be great every night or your best every night. Columbus played a hard-working game, working harder than us tonight. But we got key saves from (Crawford) tonight and that helped us."

The All-Star Game, of course, was cancelled by the 119-day lockout that reduced the season to 48 games for each team over 99 days.

Steve Mason held his own with 21 saves for the Blue Jackets, who lost their third in a row. A goal by Derick Brassard was waved off in the second period when the officials ruled Nick Foligno interfered with Crawford. That decision caused a sellout crowd of 18,381 to boo throughout the game.

"You never know how a game's going to end up," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "(The goal being disallowed) certainly changed the course of the game. At the time, we were down 2-1. It's a huge play. He (referee Dan O'Rourke) makes the call, he saw what he saw. There's nothing we can do once he makes the call."

On the power play after Jamal Mayers went to the penalty box for unsportsmanlike conduct, Brassard's slap shot from the point beat Crawford. But O'Rourke immediately waved off the goal. Replays showed Foligno's right skate was in the crease, although there was no apparent contact between him and Crawford.

Between periods, Foligno said O'Rourke told him that the goal was disallowed because "I had bumped (Crawford) and didn't give him time to reset."

The crowd booed lustily at every opportunity the rest of the night.

Quenneville said later that replays showed clearly that it should have been a tying goal.

Mark Letestu gave Columbus a 1-0 lead and Artem Anisimov scored late to make it interesting for the Blue Jackets, who have been outscored 12-3 in their losing skid.

Toews, off of Kane's second assist of the night, put the Blackhawks up two goals 6:35 into the third after a turnover in the Chicago zone. Letestu's pass was deflected by Marian Hossa with Kane retrieving it. He fired a blind, quick pass to Toews who was all alone behind the defense. Toews faked left, then right, before flipping the puck past Mason for his third of the year and a 3-1 lead.

Anisimov backhanded in Brandon Dubinsky's wraparound attempt with 2:19 left in regulation, but the Blue Jackets could not get the equalizer.

Kane now has more than one point in four of the five Chicago games and has two goals and seven assists.

"You can tell he's good ol' Kaner," Toews said. "He's going to work hard and make plays."

The Blue Jackets could only think about the goal that didn't count.

"Overall everybody worked hard," Mason said. "It's unfortunate. I'm not sure what the call was on that second goal for us but the guys kept working and we just came up a little short."

NOTES: Chicago won all six meetings against the Blue Jackets last season and is now 20-12-4 all-time at Nationwide Arena. ... The Blackhawks improved to 4-0-0 on the road this season. ... The Blue Jackets were without RW Cam Atkinson, who suffered a lower-body injury in camp. He may be out at least a week. ... Hossa has 35 points (17 goals, 18 assists) in 29 career games against Columbus while Kane has 34 points (12 goals, 22 assists) and Toews 33 (14 goals, 20 assists) in 31 games against the Blue Jackets.

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Scoring Summary
1st Period
07:35CBJ Mark Letestu (1) ASST: Nick Foligno (1), Derek Dorsett (3) 1 - 0 CBJ
17:54CHI Dave Bolland (3) ASST: Patrick Kane (6) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
08:50CHI Bryan Bickell (1) ASST: Niklas Hjalmarsson (2), Michael Frolik (1) 2 - 1 CHI
3rd Period
06:35CHI Jonathan Toews (3) ASST: Patrick Kane (7), Marian Hossa (2) 3 - 1 CHI
17:41CBJ Artem Anisimov (2) ASST: Brandon Dubinsky (1), Ryan Johansen (2) 3 - 2 CHI
Three Stars of the Game
Patrick Kane
1st
Patrick Kane
G: 0Shots: 4
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 21:15
Artem Anisimov
2nd
Artem Anisimov
C
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 18:01
Niklas Hjalmarsson
3rd
Niklas Hjalmarsson
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 22:12
Penalty Summary
1st Period
05:28CHI Sheldon Brookbank  Holding against  Derek MacKenzie
15:07CBJ Jack Johnson  Boarding against  Dave Bolland
15:07CHI Dave Bolland  Slashing against  Jack Johnson
2nd Period
05:58CBJ Mark Letestu  Interference against  Viktor Stalberg
11:56CHI Jamal Mayers  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Jared Boll
11:56CHI Jamal Mayers  Fighting (maj) against  Jared Boll
11:56CBJ Jared Boll  Fighting (maj) against  Jamal Mayers
16:50CBJ Artem Anisimov  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
3rd Period
04:01CHI Patrick Kane  Hooking against  Derick Brassard
10:52CHI Dave Bolland  Holding the stick against  Derek Dorsett
10:52CHI Dave Bolland  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Derek Dorsett
11:36CBJ Derick Brassard  Tripping against  Jonathan Toews
12:04CBJ Derek Dorsett  Hi-sticking against  Patrick Sharp
shots by period
PeriodCHICBJ
1st89
2nd89
3rd88
Total2426
Team Stats
CategoryCHICBJ
Power Plays0/30/5
Hits1222
Faceoff Wins2730
Giveaways11
Takeaways22
Blocked Shots1311
Penalty Minutes1715
  • CHICAGO
  • COLUMBUS
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2D. KeithD00-23025:35
4N. HjalmarssonD0131022:12
7B. SeabrookD00-10023:10
8N. LeddyD0000012:37
10P. SharpL0004020:48
16M. KrugerC0001011:23
17S. BrookbankD00-10210:54
19J. ToewsC1002019:39
20B. SaadL0002011:50
22J. MayersR000074:44
25V. StalbergL0001012:04
27J. OduyaD0021021:49
29B. BickellL1011011:02
36D. BollandC1001616:55
65A. ShawC0000012:44
67M. FrolikR0112011:00
81M. HossaR0101018:34
88P. KaneR0224221:15
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
50C. Crawford2426.92359:45
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4J. MooreD00-10012:10
6N. NikitinD0011019:59
7J. JohnsonD0012226:55
10M. LetestuC100228:04
11M. CalvertL00-11013:42
15D. DorsettR0103217:41
16D. BrassardC0001216:52
17B. DubinskyC0112018:58
18R. UmbergerC0011017:26
19R. JohansenC0105015:57
21J. WisniewskiD0012028:21
22V. ProspalL00-20017:29
24D. MacKenzieC00-1006:58
33A. AucoinD00-30012:34
40J. BollR000054:28
42A. AnisimovC1003218:01
51F. TyutinD00-13020:09
71N. FolignoL0100015:53
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
1S. Mason2124.87558:23