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Corey Crawford carries Blackhawks to 4-1 win over Blue Jackets

Chicago picks up its first win in regulation this season.

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Columbus Blue Jackets Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Corey Crawford made 37 saves and Patrick Kane scored two third-period goals to lead the Blackhawks to a 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets on Saturday at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

It was Chicago’s (4-1-2) first win in regulation this season.

Alex DeBrincat put the Blackhawks on the scoreboard first just 3:48 into the game with his seventh goal of the season to extend his career-high point streak to seven games.

Marcus Kruger also scored for Chicago when rookie Alexandre Fortin’s shot redirected off Kruger and into the net at 7:43 in the third period. The assist is Fortin’s first career NHL point.

Kane‘s first tally came on a beautiful give-and-go with Brent Seabrook to put the Blackhawks up 3-1.

Kane added an empty-netter with 97 seconds remaining in regulation for his seventh goal of the season. Seabrook had two assists.

After DeBrincat’s opening tally, Cam Atkinson nearly tied it up on a breakaway but a key defensive play by Duncan Keith prevented the Columbus forward from getting a clean shot on net. Zach Werenski, however, would even the score eight minutes later when he capitalized on a poor defensive effort by Kane and scored from the slot on 4-on-4.

Columbus thought it took the lead later in the period when Boone Jenner put the puck into the net after shoving Crawford’s pads past the goaline. The goal was quickly waived off by officials.

The Blackhawks return to Chicago to play the Lightning on Sunday at the United Center.

3 Thoughts

Vintage Crow

If the Blackhawks are going to win, they’re going to need to score 83 goals or hope for Crawford to play like he did in Columbus. The 33-year-old has shown no signs of rust since he’s come back from his 10-month absence due to a concussion.

Clutch Kane

Kane is no stranger to finding the himself on the scoresheet, but it’s when he has that’s been a difference this season. He has scored four of his seven goals this season in the third period. That’s the type of production any team likes to see from their star player.

Better Brandon

Brandon Davidson made his regular-season debut for the Blackhawks in place of Brandon Manning. Davidson was paired with Jan Rutta on the third pairing and definitely looked like an upgrade compared to Manning. Is Davidson a solution to the Blackhawks’ woes on the blue line? No. But he certainly showed a better effort than whatever you want to call what Manning did Thursday.

3 Stars

  1. Crawford (CHI) — 37 saves
  2. Kane (CHI) — 2 goals, 1 assist
  3. Seabrook (CHI) — 2 assists