Hawks Thrash Blue Jackets

By Blake Schuster

The Blackhawks came into Columbus looking to boost their confidence against the lagging Blue Jackets.

After a 6-1 victory, it seems the Hawks have done just that.

Corey Crawford, after a solid appearance in New York on Thursday, got the nod in net, and early in the first period allowed a breakaway goal from Derrick Brassard after a Sami Lepisto turnover at the Chicago blue line — Lepisto would cancel it out with a goal in the third period on his first shit since giving up the turnover.

It was the type of adversity the Hawks had faced throughout their nine-game road trip, and this time they battled back through it.

Jonathan Toews sparked the Blackhawks with a grind to the net from center ice that he finished off by dumping the puck into Columbus goalie Steve Mason’s five-hole at 12:27 of the first, and from there Chicago’s offense fell in line.

Viktor Stalberg tallied his eighth goal of the season against the Blue Jackets to close out the first frame, while Patrick Kane added a goal and an assist in the second as he took a big step toward breaking out of his recent slump.

With the score 4-1 Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards yanked Mason in favor of backup Allen York — who wouldn’t fare much better.

Marcus Krugar, and Patrick Sharp each had goals, while Toews added two assists to finish his day with three points.

Corey Crawford made 33 saves in the win.

The Blackhawks will finally get to head back to the United Center for a matchup tomorrow afternoon against St. Louis at 11:30 a.m.

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