Blue Jackets score four in third, rally past Blackhawks

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CHICAGOKevin Stenlund scored the go-ahead goal with 1:14 remaining in the third period, and the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 6-5 at United Center on Thursday.

Stenlund’s shot from the slot went off Blackhawks defenseman Nikita Zadorov‘s stick and between Kevin Lankinen‘s legs for Columbus (6-5-3), which is 3-1-0 in its past four games.

Cam Atkinson had a goal and three assists, and Jack Roslovic scored twice for the Blue Jackets, who play here again Saturday. Joonas Korpisalo made 21 saves.

Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane each had a goal and two assists for the Blackhawks (6-5-4), who had their three-game winning streak end. Kevin Lankinen made 37 saves.

Atkinson stole the puck from Nicolas Beaudin then scored a shorthanded goal from the high slot for a 1-0 Columbus lead at 12:10 of the first period. With his goal, Atkinson surpassed Rick Nash for the Blue Jackets record in career shorthanded goals at 15.

Ian Mitchell and Beaudin each scored his first NHL goal 56 seconds apart for a 2-1 lead in the second period.

Mitchell tied it 1-1 21 seconds into the second period with a tap-in at the right post. Zadorov’s shot from the point when off the boards behind the net to Beaudin, who lifted a shot past Korpisalo for a 2-1 lead at 1:17.

Kane sent a backhand pass to the slot for Pius Suter, who extended the lead to 3-1 at 13:30 with a tap-in goal.

Roslovic’s one-timer on the power play from the top of the right face-off circle cut the lead to 3-2 with two minutes remaining.

Chicago had been 12-for-12 on the penalty kill in its previous five games.

Kane made it 4-2 29 seconds into the third period with a power-play goal from the right circle.

Boone Jenner and Roslovic each scored 1:20 apart to tie it 4-4. Jenner made it 4-3 at 6:39 when he knocked in a loose puck from Atkinson’s shot in front of the net then Roslovic scored his second with a shot from the right circle to tie it 4-4 at 7:59.

DeBrincat made it 5-4 at 13:05 with a one-timer from the left face-off circle off a Kane backhand pass.

Michael Del Zotto tied it 5-5 with 2:41 remaining with a shot from the left circle.

Chicago used 11 forwards and seven defensemen for a second straight game.

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