Chicago's Jonathan Toews never quite got his hat trick, but he has to be happy with how his team played as the Chicago Blackhawks easily defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3 on Thursday night. On the road, where the Blackhawks have had periodic issues this season, they looked right at home, stretching out the lead to 6-1 before giving up a couple of relatively unimportant goals in the third period.
It was a nice performance by Chicago, which won for the first time in a week to move to 9-4-3 on the year. Toews scored two goals in the first period as they got out to a 2-1 lead, and the team finally had some success on the power play by scoring twice with the man advantage as part of a three-goal second period.
The Blackhawks weren't as aggressive in the third period after getting a quick goal within its first minute, allowing the Blue Jackets to get a couple of garbage time goals on Corey Crawford after the lead was essentially out of reach. Columbus moves to 2-12-1 on the year, easily the worst record in the NHL.