|CHI||0||1||2||(0 - 0)||3|
|CBJ||0||3||1||(0 - 0)||4|
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ The Chicago Blackhawks already had enough trouble on the road. Handing the Columbus Blue Jackets 13 power plays certainly didn't help matters.
Rick Nash scored his NHL-leading 29th and 30th goals to help the Blue Jackets to a 4-3 victory Saturday night that extended the Blackhawks' road losing streak to a franchise-record 17 games.
``That was the difference in the hockey game, just how it was called,'' Chicago coach Brian Sutter said after the Blue Jackets tied a franchise record with 13 power-play chances, scoring on two. ``Let's put it this way _ them hauling us down and them calling penalties against us. It got to borderline ridiculous.''
The Blackhawks, who routed the Blue Jackets 7-0 just 48 hours earlier, have not won a road game since beating Nashville 2-1 on Nov. 7.
Sutter declined to comment and several players were spirited away before they could be asked about the losing skid.
``We weren't really thinking about that,'' center Scott Nichol said. ``After a 7-0 win, we were just thinking about getting the puck on goal.''
Selected this week to the Western Conference All-Star team, Nash is just four goals off the team record of 34 set last season by Geoff Sanderson in 82 games. Nash's 30 have come in 49 games.
``I really never thought I'd be here,'' said Nash, the overall No. 1 pick in the 2002 draft. ``I owe a lot to the team and to the power play. Almost half of them are power-play goals. (David) Vyborny assisted on about 80 percent of them, so I owe a lot to him.''
Fourteen of Nash's goals have come on the power play.
Steve Sullivan had two goals, including a short-handed score, and Tuomo Ruutu scored on a power play for the Blackhawks. Sullivan also had an assist.
After Sullivan scored short-handed, Nash clogged the slot to tap inRostislav Klesla's wrist shot from the left circle.
The Blackhawks were whistled for two more penalties and weathered 1:23 of a two-man disadvantage before Columbus scored on the second power-play chance when Malhotra jammed in a rebound.
It was the eighth goal for Malhotra, a waiver-wire pickup from Dallas in November, to tie his career high.
``I think my confidence right now is at an all-time high,'' Malhotra said.
Nash then notched his 30th when defensemen Nathan Dempsey and Burke Henry both went for Columbus rookie Nikolai Zherdev behind the goal cage and he slipped a centering pass to Nash, who was alone in the slot for an easy score.
``The first one was lucky, the second one I owe a lot to Veebs (Vyborny) and Zherdev,'' Nash said. ``He made a nice play.''
After Wright tapped in a loose puck for his fourth early in the third period, Ruutu followed Bryan Berard's one-timer with a rebound goal for his sixth.
Sullivan added his 10th in the final minute with Chicago's goalie off for an extra skater.
``It shouldn't have been a contest, but we let them back in,'' said Gallant, 5-4-3 as a head coach. ``The guys were embarrassed the other night so they wanted to come back and win.''
|SHG - Steve Sullivan (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Brett McLean (13)|
1 - 0 CHI
|PPG - Rick Nash (29) Tip-in - ASST: Rostislav Klesla (8), Todd Marchant (20)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Manny Malhotra (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Tyler Wright (3), Jaroslav Spacek (10)|
2 - 1 CBJ
|PPG - Rick Nash (30) Wrist shot - ASST: Nikolay Zherdev (7), David Vyborny (17)|
3 - 1 CBJ
|Tyler Wright (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Darryl Sydor (13), Manny Malhotra (3)|
4 - 1 CBJ
|PPG - Tuomo Ruutu (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Bryan Berard (11), Steve Sullivan (24)|
4 - 2 CBJ
|Steve Sullivan (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Tyler Arnason (18), Bryan Berard (12)|
4 - 3 CBJ
|Bryan Berard Interference against Rick Nash|
|Mark Bell Roughing against Mark Hartigan|
|Mark Hartigan Roughing against Mark Bell|
|Mark Bell Hi-sticking|
|Luke Richardson Hi-sticking against Scott Nichol|
|Jody Shelley Fighting (maj) against Ryan Vandenbussche|
|Ryan Vandenbussche Fighting (maj) against Jody Shelley|
|Ville Nieminen Slashing|
|Geoff Sanderson Holding against Tuomo Ruutu|
|Steve Sullivan Hooking against Manny Malhotra|
|Manny Malhotra Interference on goalkeeper against Craig Anderson|
|Nathan Dempsey Interference against Mark Hartigan|
|Brett McLean Hi-sticking against Jaroslav Spacek|
|Johnathan Aitken Slashing against Rick Nash|
|Steve Sullivan Unsportsmanlike conduct|
|Bryan Berard Roughing against Nikolay Zherdev|
|Nikolay Zherdev Roughing against Bryan Berard|
|Nikolay Zherdev Roughing against Bryan Berard|
|Rick Nash Hi-sticking against Igor Korolev|
|Johnathan Aitken Slashing|
|Tyler Arnason Hooking against Nikolay Zherdev|
|David Vyborny Hi-sticking|
|Mark Bell Interference on goalkeeper against Marc Denis|
|Stephane Robidas Holding against Geoff Sanderson|
|Craig Anderson Hi-sticking|
|Alexei Zhamnov Hi-sticking against Mark Hartigan|
|Luke Richardson Hooking|
|SA: 34||TOI: 58:45|
|Saves: 30||EV: 18 - 20|
|PIM: 2||PP: 10 - 12|
|SV%: .882||SH: 2 - 2|
|SA: 23||TOI: 59:51|
|Saves: 20||EV: 11 - 12|
|PIM: 0||PP: 6 - 7|
|SV%: .870||SH: 3 - 4|