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Blackhawks ride last-minute bounce past Jackets

CHICAGO (AP) -- Tyler Arnason and the Chicago Blackhawks got the benefit of a lucky bounce.

Arnason scored the winning goal with 6.2 seconds left when Alexander Karpovtsev's shot from the point deflected off the shaft of his stick, giving Chicago a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.

"It just hit me,'' said Arnason, who was standing in the slot. "I felt something nick me, it hit the stick. It was pretty lucky.''

The goal was set up when Alex Zhamnov won a faceoff in the
Columbus zone following an icing call.

Arnason, a rookie who has three goals and four assists in eight games, also got the game-winner in Chicago's 3-2 victory over San Jose on Sunday.

Steve Sullivan also scored for Chicago and assisted on Lyle Odelein's goal. Jocelyn Thibault stopped 20 shots for his 200th NHL win.

"It's almost like winning in overtime,'' Thibault said. "We
thought we were heading to overtime. We've lost games like that.''

The Blue Jackets are still winless on the road at 0-3.

Columbus coach Dave King thought the icing call that set up
Arnason's goal should have been waved off.

"We thought a couple of (Chicago) guys had a chance to play it,
but that's the linesmen's discretion,'' King said.

"We played a good road game. We played solid in every area of the game other than faceoffs. We lost two faceoffs and they're both at the back of the net,'' he said.

Jaroslav Spacek and Espen Knutsen scored for Columbus. Marc Denis made 19 saves.

Spacek opened the scoring 3:01 into the first period on a high
screened shot from the top of the slot.

Arnason beat Denis from 30 feet with 2:07 to go in the first but
the goal was disallowed because Chicago's Kyle Calder interfered
with the Columbus goalie.

Odelein tied it 1-1 at 3:20 of the second,also on a screened
shot from the top of the slot, after Sullivan won a faceoff in the
Columbus zone.

Knutsen restored the Blue Jackets' lead just 1:10 later. He
lofted a shot over Thibault's shoulder after a Blackhawks turnover
in their own zone.

Sullivan tied it at 2 with 5:48 left in the second. He picked up
a rebound of his own shot, stickhandled through traffic in the
crease and beat Denis with a backhander.

Game notes
Blackhawks RW Eric Daze, who underwent surgery to repair a
herniated disc on Sept. 25, could resume skating next week if he
gets doctor's clearance Friday. Daze led Chicago with 38 goals last
season. ... Knutsen's goal was his 100th NHL point. ... Odelein and
Spacek were traded for each other last March. ... Chicago RW Steve
Thomas received major and game misconduct penalties late in the
first for checking Columbus D Rotislav Klesla from behind and
headfirst into the boards. Although stunned, Klesla returned.