Blackhawks edge Blue Jackets, end three-game skid


CHICAGO — Kevin Lankinen made 32 saves for the Chicago Blackhawks in a 3-1 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at United Center on Sunday.

Patrick Kane and Philipp Kurashev each had a goal and an assist for Chicago (3-4-3), which split the two-game set to end a three-game skid (0-1-2).

Boone Jenner scored and Elvis Merzlikins made 33 saves for Columbus (4-3-3), which had its point streak end at seven games (4-0-3).

Pius Suter gave the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead at 7:41 of the third period, intercepting a pass by Merzlikins along the boards and then shooting off the goalie’s left pad as he tried to scramble back into the net.

Merzlikins mishandled another puck behind the net later in the period, turning it over this time to Kurashev, who passed to Kane for a shot below the right circle into an open net to make it 3-1 at 13:40.

Kurashev finished a 3-on-2 rush with a tap-in at the left post to give Chicago a 1-0 lead at 12:32 of the first period.

Jenner tied it 1-1 at 17:28 when he knocked in the rebound Jack Roslovic‘s shot. Roslovic’s assist was his first point with the Blue Jackets since the Columbus native was acquired with forward Patrik Laine in a trade from the Winnipeg Jets for Pierre-Luc Dubois on Jan. 23.

Lankinen made a blocker save on Alexandre Texier‘s wrist shot from the right face-off circle to keep the game tied at 7:06 of the second period.

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