Chicago Blackhawks Vs. Columbus Blue Jackets: Another Day, Another Loss

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Patrick Sharp's Two Goals Not Enough, Blackhawks Lose 4-3

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Anton Stralman capped off a three-goal second period for the road-tested Columbus Blue Jackets, as they held on for a 4-3 victory over Chicago at the United Center.

Matt Calvert, Derek MacKenzie and Antoine Vermette all tallied goals for the Blue Jackets, who won a franchise record sixth straight road game and are winners of six of the last eight overall.

Steve Mason turned aside 37-of-40 shots for the victors.

Patrick Sharp scored twice and had an assist for the Blackhawks, who lost for the third time in four games. Patrick Kane added a goal and two helpers while Corey Crawford gave up four goals on 36 shots.

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Chicago Blackhawks Vs. Columbus Blue Jackets: Coach Q Still Out

Coach Joel Quenneville, still resting in a hospital after being treated for bleeding ulcers, won't be behind the bench tonight; assistant coach Mike Haviland will again guide the team this evening and maybe even for a few games. It's still uncertain when the coach will be back.

It doesn't matter. The Blackhawks know what they have to do and that is to just go out and win their game every night and not worry about the huge scrum of teams in the Western Conference. If the Hawks keep winning, eventually they'll pass up other teams and make the playoffs.

Currently, that includes holding off the Blue Jackets, who are now only two points behind the Blackhawks and in 12th place in the conference. From 14th to 4th place is just 13 points -- essentially, six and a half games in baseball terms -- so every game becomes hugely important. The Blackhawks do have games in hand on every team in front of them and will be facing an injury-depleted Penguins squad on Sunday, so here's a chance to put together a nice little winning streak.

Possibly trying to take advantage of their good road record, the Hawks will wear white at home tonight. Maybe it'll be their good luck charm. The game begins at 7:30 p.m. CST and will be televised on CSN Chicago.

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