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Calder nets 25th goal to halt Blackhawks' five-game skid

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Blackhawks finally figured a way to win a
close game.

Kyle Calder scored with 4:32 left in the third period to lift
Chicago to a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday
night and end a five-game losing streak.

Even with the win, the Blackhawks are 13-27 in games decided by
one goal.

"That's kind of been the story since the Olympic break,"
Calder said. "It's nice to get the two points."

Calder scored his 25th goal of the season, beating Pascal
Leclaire with a shot from 25 feet out in the slot.

Chicago had taken a 3-2 lead with 6:45 left in the third on Mark
Bell's 5-on-3 power-play goal. But just 15 seconds later, Columbus'
Sergei Fedorov picked off a pass from Martin Lapointe and scored a
short-handed goal to tie it 3-all.

The Blue Jackets, however, made the next mistake and Calder
pounced on it.

"I think it was a case of miscommunication," Calder said.
"They weren't sure who was going to get it (the puck), but I knew
I was going to get it for sure, putting pressure on the puck all
the time.

"It was just kind of laying there and I just grabbed it and
teed it up."

Columbus coach Gerard Gallant said Calder simply cashed in on a
breakdown in the Blue Jackets' zone.

"There were three guys in the middle and nobody wanted the
puck," Gallant said. "It was just one of those things where
everybody thought the other guy was going to get it and it didn't
happen like that.

"It looked like two tired teams making a lot of mistakes," he
added. "Chicago was at home, so they were the better team."

Radim Vrbata and Dustin Byfuglien also scored for Chicago, which
won for only the second time in nine games.

Fedorov also assisted on scores by David Vyborny and Rick Nash.

Craig Anderson made 13 saves for Chicago, but Leclaire was far
busier, stopping 37 shots.

"I thought we played solid," Blackhawks coach Trent Yawney
said. "Their goalie played very well and we just didn't finish off
some plays. It was nice to see our power play create some momentum
with some shots and movement."

The Blue Jackets lost for just the fourth time in the last 12
games. Columbus, which entered the NHL in 2000-01, had set a
franchise record by reaching 72 points with a 5-2 win over Chicago
in Columbus on Saturday.

Vyborny's goal with 44 seconds left in the first period opened
the scoring.

Anderson made a pad save on Adam Foote's drive from the point,
but the rebound deflected off the skate of Chicago's Michal Barinka
and through Anderson's legs. Vyborny pushed the loose puck into the
net as it neared the goal line.

Vrbata's power-play goal with 7:52 left in the second period
tied it 1-1. He beat Leclaire from the left circle.

Byfuglien gave Chicago a 2-1 lead with 2:10 left in the second,
scoring through a screen from the right point just after a
Blackhawks power play had elapsed.

Nash's power-play goal 50 seconds into the third tied it 2-all.
It was his 31st goal of the season.

Bell's power-play goal, on a drive from the top of the slot with
6:45 left in the third, gave Chicago a 3-2 lead. But Fedorov
replied 15 seconds later.

Game notes
Both Vyborny and Nash scored their 89th goals with
Columbus, the most by any individual in club history. Geoff
Sanderson, now with Phoenix, had 88 goals with the Blue Jackets.
... Both Nash and Vyborny have played their entire NHL careers with
Columbus. ... Blue Jackets D Rostislav Klesla missed his second
game with pulled groin. ... Chicago recalled RW Matt Keith from
Norfolk of the AHL before the game. He played Sunday. ...
Blackhawks LW Rene Bourque sat out with a bruised ankle and C
Curtis Brown missed his fifth game with a concussion.