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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.