Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 3, Blue Jackets 2

January, 26, 2013
1/26/13
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By ESPNChicago.com
ESPNChicago.com
Here's a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday.

How it happened: The Blackhawks looked sluggish early and fell behind 1-0 in the first period, but they came alive as the game wore on. They evened the score at 1-1 when Dave Bolland knocked in a rebound off a Patrick Kane shot at 17:54 of the first period. Bryan Bickell put the Blackhawks ahead when he redirected a slap shot by Niklas Hjalmarsson into the net. Jonathan Toews also added a third-period goal. Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford didn't face a lot of shots, but he did his job. He made 24 saves and improved to 4-0-0 on the year. The game did include some controversy as a Blue Jackets' goal was disallowed in the second period when it was ruled a Blue Jackets' player had interfered with Crawford. It appeared on the replay that the goal should have counted.

Player of the game: Kane is off to a stellar start to the season and he continued it Saturday. He recorded assists on the Blackhawks' final two goals. He now has nine points in the Blackhawks' first five games. That's more points than he had in any five-game span last season.

What it means: The Blackhawks matched their best start to a season in franchise history with their fifth consecutive win. The Blackhawks also began the 1971-1972 season with five wins. The Blackhawks have won eight consecutive games against the Blue Jackets. The Blackhawks' victory Saturday looked a lot like their other wins this season. They continued their offensive consistency. They've scored in all but one period this season. Their penalty kill was also strong again. The Blue Jackets were 0-for-4 on the power play.

What's next: The Blackhawks return home to face the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center at 6 p.m. on Sunday. It's the Blackhawks' last home game until Feb. 12. They'll play six consecutive road games after Sunday.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Patrick Sharp
PTS GOALS AST +/-
78 34 44 13
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Sharp 34
AssistsD. Keith 55
+/-M. Hossa 28
GAAC. Crawford 2.26