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31-42-9

32 SOG
25 SOG
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game recap

Blackhawks 3, Blue Jackets 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Associated Press

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Blackhawks 3, Blue Jackets 1
Columbus Blue Jackets 1, Chicago Blackhawks 3

CHICAGO (AP) -It took an unlikely scorer to end an unsightly streak for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Martin Havlat, the Blackhawks' leading scorer, snapped a 13-game goal drought and added an assist as Chicago defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Friday night to stop a six-game losing skid.

Patrick Sharp and Martin Lapointe also scored for the Blackhawks, and defenseman Brent Seabrook assisted on all three of Chicago's goals.

Havlat, Chicago's leading scorer, had just five assists in 13 previous contests entering Friday.

"He cares a lot, but I told him he can only do so much," Chicago coach Denis Savard said. "I told him, `Obviously, you're a big piece of our puzzle and our best player, but you can't do it alone. You need help from everybody."'

Havlat, Chicago's only true offensive star, was relieved to finally connect.

"It's been pretty tough not to think about," he said. "I've never had that many games before (without a goal). I'm just happy I got that one tonight."

Probably a bigger key to Chicago's win was tighter, more fundamentally sound play. On Thursday, Savard had reviewed video clips with his players to point out mistakes.

"We had a long talk yesterday about what we wanted to do well and what makes our team successful," Seabrook said. "Work hard, do the little things well. You can see what happens. This helps us realize we're a good team when we do these things."

Jason Chimera scored for Columbus, which lost for the second time in two nights.

"Their tenacity in their own zone to defend was greater than ours was to score and that was the bottom line," Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said. "They didn't give us any odd-man rushes and it was our best players that didn't have the tenacity to score."

Chicago's Patrick Lalime stopped 31 shots. Columbus' Brian Boucher, who started the season with the Blackhawks, made 22 saves, including a blocker stop on penalty shot by Chicago's Duncan Keith midway through the third.

Sharp and Havlat scored 21 seconds apart late in the first period to give Chicago a 2-0 lead.

From the slot, Sharp batted in a rebound of Seabrook's shot from the right point with 5:05 left in the first to open the scoring.

With 4:44 left in the first, Havlat fooled Boucher with a low shot from the slot to make it 2-0.

"I might have been a little screened there, but it just went under my pads," Boucher said.

"I'm playing for a job, so there's no lack of motivation on my side," he added.

Lapointe's short-handed goal with 8:48 left in the second capped a 2-on-1 break with Denis Arkhipov and gave Chicago a 3-0 lead.

Chimera's power-play goal 44 seconds later cut it to 3-1. He scored from the right circle after taking Nikolai Zherdev's pass from behind the net.

Boucher made a blocker save on Keith's penalty shot at 9:39 of the third. The attempt was awarded to Keith after he was hooked from behind by Columbus' Fredrik Modin.

"I never had a penalty shot in game," said Keith, a second-year defenseman. "It was a nice play by Havlat to steal the puck and get it to me."

Notes: With the win, the Blackhawks have 65 points, as many as they did last season. .... Boucher was claimed on waivers by Columbus from Chicago on Feb. 27. ... Columbus LW Jody Shelley missed the game with a cracked facial bone, suffered Thursday in 5-2 loss to Anaheim. ... Chicago RW Peter Bondra missed his second game, and sixth in his last seven with a sore shoulder. ... Blackhawks RW Nikita Alexeev was a healthy scratch.

scoring summary
1st Period
14:55
CHI
Patrick Sharp (19) ASST: Brent Seabrook (17), Martin Havlat (31)
1 - 0 CHI
15:16
CHI
Martin Havlat (25) ASST: Rene Bourque (10), Brent Seabrook (18)
2 - 0 CHI
2nd Period
11:12
CHI
SHG - Martin Lapointe (13) ASST: Denis Arkhipov (14), Brent Seabrook (19)
3 - 0 CHI
11:56
CBJ
PPG - Jason Chimera (14) ASST: Nikolay Zherdev (22), Rostislav Klesla (11)
3 - 1 CHI
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
16:55
CHI
David Koci  Tripping against  Manny Malhotra
16:55
CBJ
Manny Malhotra  Diving against  David Koci
19:40
CBJ
Sergei Fedorov  Interference against  Martin Havlat
19:54
CHI
Tuomo Ruutu  Cross checking against  Ole-Kristian Tollefsen
19:54
CHI
Tuomo Ruutu  Roughing against  Ole-Kristian Tollefsen
19:54
CBJ
Ole-Kristian Tollefsen  Roughing against  Tuomo Ruutu
2nd Period
10:43
CHI
Rene Bourque  Interference
11:56
CHI
Jassen Cullimore  Hooking
14:11
CBJ
Nikolay Zherdev  Holding the stick against  Brent Seabrook
18:04
CHI
Brent Seabrook  Hooking against  Freddy Modin
3rd Period
07:06
CHI
Patrick Sharp  Slashing
09:09
CHI
Michael Holmqvist  Roughing against  Jason Chimera
09:09
CBJ
Jason Chimera  Roughing against  Michael Holmqvist
18:51
CHI
Jason Williams  Holding the stick
goalie stats
Brian Boucher
SA: 25TOI: 58:32
Saves: 22EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .880SH: 0 - 1
Patrick Lalime
Patrick Lalime
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 31EV: 27 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .969SH: 0 - 0
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