Blue Jackets hang on for win against Blackhawks, extend point streak


CHICAGO — Joonas Korpisalo made 31 saves, and the Columbus Blue Jackets extended their point streak to seven games with a 2-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Friday.

Oliver Bjorkstrand scored a goal and had an assist for the Blue Jackets (4-2-3), who are 4-0-3 during the streak.

Dylan Strome scored, and Kevin Lankinen made 25 saves for the Blackhawks (2-4-3), who had their point streak end at five games (2-0-3).

Bjorkstrand scored a power-play goal from the left face-off circle to give Columbus a 1-0 lead at 8:53 of the first period.

Korpisalo made a right-pad save on Carl Soderberg‘s backhand shot on a short breakaway at 11:58 to keep the Blue Jackets in front.

Eric Robinson scored on a breakaway off an outlet pass from Bjorkstrand to make it 2-0 at 3:39 of the second period.

Strome got the Blackhawks within 2-1 at 10:47 of the second with a power-play goal from the slot.

Korpisalo made 18 saves on 19 shots in the second period and nine more in the third.

Chicago played 11 forwards and seven defensemen for the second straight game.

The Blue Jackets and Blackhawks are scheduled to play here again Sunday.

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