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Blue Jackets top Blackhawks, win sixth straight on road

Feb 19, 2011 - 5:52 AM
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Anton Stralman capped a three-goal second period for the road-tested Columbus Blue Jackets, and they held on for a 4-3 victory over Chicago at the United Center.

Matt Calvert, Derek MacKenzie and Antoine Vermette also tallied for the Blue Jackets, who won a franchise-record sixth straight road game and are winners in six of the last eight overall.

Steve Mason turned aside 37-of-40 shots for the victors.

"We're playing with a lot of confidence," Mason said. "We keep it real simple when we're on the road and we stick with our gameplan."

Patrick Sharp scored twice and had an assist for the Blackhawks, who lost for the third time in four games. Patrick Kane added a goal and two helpers, while Corey Crawford gave up four goals on 36 shots.

"We have to win games, especially against a team that's fighting for a playoff spot like us," Sharp said.

The three-goal rally by the Jackets proved to be the deciding run of the game, and was started by Vermette's power-play goal at the mid-point of the period.

The next goal came at the 12:28 mark, when MacKenzie stayed with the puck during a goal-mouth scrum. He was finally able to push the loose puck into the cage to put Columbus up, 3-2.

Stralman's power-play slap shot finished the rally with 4:28 left in the middle frame, giving him his first goal of the season.

Chicago stopped the bleeding, though, only 21 seconds later. On a 2-on-1 rush, Kane finished Jonathan Toews' cross-ice pass to get his team within 4-3.

But Mason made 10 saves in the final period to help the Blue Jackets hold on.

"It was pretty simple," Mason said of the third period strategy. "We just had to kill everything off. Our penalty kill did a good job."

Calvert started the scoring nearly 5 1/2 minutes into the opening period, when he buried a breakaway shot past Crawford.

Sharp knotted it up at the 7:32 mark of the first after causing a turnover in the neutral zone, which set up Kane's breakout pass back to Sharp. Sharp pushed the puck to his backhand, then brought it to his forehand just before sweeping the disc past Mason's left skate.

Sharp tallied a second goal about 2 1/2 minutes later to put Chicago up 2-1. This time, Toews fed Sharp's one-timer from the slot.

Game Notes

Chicago was without head coach Joel Quenneville, who was admitted into a Chicago-area hospital Wednesday morning with an ulcer. Assistant Mike Haviland has taken over Quenneville's duties in his absence...Columbus lost forward Derick Brassard for 2-3 weeks due to an undisclosed injury suffered in the first period of Wednesday's shootout loss to Los Angeles. He has 14 goals and 25 assists this season...The Blackhawks still have a 3-2 advantage in the season series...Columbus captain Rick Nash had an assist to extend his point streak to four games...Toews had two assists in the loss, while Columbus forward R.J. Umberger notched two helpers.