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Friday, March 1, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Hawks 4, Jackets 3

By Scott Powers



CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 4-3 overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at the United Center on Friday.

How it happened: Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook scored the game winner off a pass from Jonathan Toews in overtime. The Blue Jackets tied the game at 3-3 when Ryan Johansen scored with 7:37 remaining in the third period. The Blackhawks scored consecutive goals within 59 seconds in the second period. Patrick Sharp scored the first on a backhanded shot from the left circle at 17:20, and Bryan Bickell followed up by scoring at 18:19. Viktor Stalberg had the Blackhawks’ other goal in the first period. Chicago goaltender Ray Emery improved to 9-0-0 on the season.

Player of the game: Bickell had a goal and five hits in the win.

What it means: The Blackhawks extended their NHL record points streak to start a season to 21 games. They also have an overall points streak of 27 regular-season games, which dates back to last season. They rank behind the 1977-78 Montreal Canadiens (28 games) and the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers (35 games). Chicago is now 18-0-3 with an NHL-best 39 points on the season. The Blackhawks had their 200th consecutive sellout at the United Center.

What’s next: The Blackhawks travel to face the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. The Blackhawks won their first meeting 2-1 in overtime in Chicago on Jan. 27.