Instead Of Starting A Winning Streak, Hawks Drop Another Close One

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Goals By Sharp And Toews Not Enough

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – R.J. Umberger and Antoine Vermette scored five minutes apart in the third period, carrying Columbus to a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Derick Brassard also lit the lamp for the Blue Jackets, who received 30 saves from Steve Mason. He stopped all 21 shots he faced over the final two periods in Columbus’ third win in four games.

Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews each had a goal and an assist for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who have lost two in a row after winning four straight. Corey Crawford made 37 saves for Chicago.

Brassard scored from in front with 35.7 seconds left in the second and the Blue Jackets evened the contest 1:33 into the third during a five-minute power play. That’s because Troy Brouwer was given a boarding major in the final minute of the second.

Columbus gained the lead 6:29 into the third. Marc Methot blasted a shot from above the right circle. Vermette, who was in the slot, reached and extended his stick to change directions of the puck as it fluttered by Crawford.

The Blue Jackets sent 20 shots on goal in that final period, but Mason had to withstand some pressure in the final minute after the Blackhawks pulled Crawford for the extra attacker. Patrick Kane’s shot from the left side was stopped by Mason in the waning seconds.

Sharp scored 7:23 into the game for his eighth goal of the season. Toews tried a wraparound attempt from right to left before passing in front to Sharp for the tip-in tally.

Toews made it 2-0 with 5:15 left in the first. The rebound goal came on the power play while Derek Dorsett was serving a high-sticking penalty.

The Blue Jackets went 2-2-2 vs. Chicago in 2009-10…Columbus was 1-for-4 on the power play, while Chicago was 1-for-3…Methot assisted on two Columbus goals.


Corey Crawford To Start In Goal Saturday Night For Blackhawks

So says the Sun-Times’ Adam Jahns, via tweet:

Oh yeah, and Corey Crawford is starting tonight for the #Blackhawks.less than a minute ago via ÜberTwitter


Blackhawks Recall Evan Brophey From Rockford

From a Blackhawks press release:

The Chicago Blackhawks have recalled forward Evan Brophey from the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs.

Brophey, 23, has appeared in all six of Rockford’s regular-season contests this season, sharing second on the club with two goals and pacing the IceHogs with a +4 plus/minus rating. Chicago’s fourth selection (68th overall) in the 2005 National Hockey League Entry Draft, the Kitchener, Ontario, native has registered 36 goals and 56 assists over the course of 238 career regular-season AHL tilts with Rockford from 2007-10.


Blackhawks Vs. Blue Jackets: Hawks Look To Start New Winning Streak

(Sports Network) - Chicago's recently-halted winning streak began with a victory in Columbus. The Blackhawks aim to begin a new one this evening when they play host to the struggling Blue Jackets at the United Center.

Chicago was in St. Louis on Friday night and suffered a 4-2 defeat to halt a four-game winning streak. Marty Turco yielded all four goals on 28 shots, including a pair of tallies by Roman Polak and Patrik Berglund in the latter stages of the third period.

Patrick Sharp and Brent Seabrook tallied for the Blackhawks, who begin a three-game homestand tonight and have still won three straight at United Center.

"I would have liked to see us throw the puck on net a little bit more," Sharp said. "We did a good job of creating and hanging onto the puck."

Sharp had a pair of goals when Chicago notched a 5-2 win in Columbus on Oct. 15. Turco made 30 saves in helping the Blackhawks defeat the Blue Jackets for the fifth time in seven meetings.

Columbus has managed to win three of its last five in Chicago, including a 4-2 win there on March 28 that featured 33 saves by Steve Mason.

Mason, though, was tagged for six goals on just 23 shots in last night's 6-2 setback to Calgary. Columbus had won three of four coming in and will look to improve on its 2-0 road record tonight, but could have some changes on the ice.

"[The Flames] beat us to pucks all night. We made some bad decisions. We're going to have to make some tough decisions," said Blue Jackets head coach Scott Arniel after Friday's loss. "Tonight they just decided to get after us, and their top people were their best people."

Derek Dorsett and Jan Hejda scored for the Blue Jackets, who got defenseman Anton Stralman back into the lineup after he missed two games with a shoulder ailment.

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