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Blackhawks get by Jackets in SO

Apr 2, 2011 - 3:42 AM
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Viktor Stalberg scored the winner in the shootout to help Chicago take a 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.

Stalberg was the final shooter and he was able to lift a backhand that trickled past Mathieu Garon for the win.

Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist while Brent Seabrook and Bryan Bickell each scored for the Blackhawks, who have won four of six. Corey Crawford stopped 31 shots and all three in the shootout.

Chicago still holds a three-point lead over Calgary, which won on Friday, for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Also, Chicago has a five- point lead over idle Dallas. The Blackhawks have five games to play, the Stars have six games left while Calgary has just three remaining.

"I will take any win right now," said Chicago head coach Joel Quennville. "When you are down late in the game it turns out to be a huge win for us."

Anton Stralman had three assists while Garon finished the game with 26 stops for the Blue Jackets, who have dropped two straight and six of seven.

"We'll work on the shootout part but we don't back off in overtime," said Columbus head coach Scott Arniel. "These guys learn how to play in pressure packed situations. It's unfortunate we've lost so many shootout games, but we've done a great job of learning how to play under pressure."

Kane's 26th goal just 2:41 in gave Chicago a 1-0 lead and the team extended that just over three minutes later on the power play off Seabrook's one-timer from the low left circle.

Columbus got one back at the 9:17 mark of the first as a wrist shot by Stralman at the right point was deflected in by Maksim Mayorov for his first career goal.

The only tally of the second period went to the Blue Jackets when, on the power play, Derick Brassard teed up a shot at the top of the left circle and blasted it through a screen with 5:53 left in the frame.

The Blue Jackets took their first lead of the game with 6:38 left in the third as Stralman's slapper from the right point was redirected in by Samuel Pahlsson.

However, the Hawks tied the game 1:35 later when Bickell snapped a wrister from the top of the left circle that went under the glove of Garon for his 17th goal of the season.

Game Notes

Both clubs are in action on Sunday as Chicago hosts Tampa Bay and Columbus hosts St. Louis...Chicago took four of the six games with Columbus this season...Chicago was 1-for-4 on the power play while Columbus went 1-for-7.