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Stalberg scores twice as Blackhawks top Blue Jackets

Oct 30, 2011 - 5:59 AM Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Viktor Stalberg scored a pair of third-period goals to vault the Chicago Blackhawks past the Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-2.

Marcus Kruger, Dave Bolland and Michael Frolik each had a goal for the Blackhawks, who got 27 saves from Ray Emery.

Vinny Prospal and Derek MacKenzie scored for the Blue Jackets, who remain winless on the road this season.

Allen York stopped 33 shots for Columbus in his first career NHL start.

Chicago grabbed an early lead on Kruger's wrister, which was set up by a pass from Jamal Mayers.

Minutes later, Columbus evened the score on Prospal's snap shot.

Still, a late backhand goal by Bolland on a breakaway -- assisted by Frolik -- gave the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead after one period.

Late in the second, the Blue Jackets once again evened things up, as MacKenzie dropped a pass in front of the net, then scrambled from behind the boards to drive home the loose puck amidst a scrum.

"We battled hard and got right back into it in the second period," said Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel.

The Blackhawks, who were shut out for the first time this season on Friday, used a pair of Stalberg tallies to put Columbus away.

Early in the third, a Chicago goal was waived off due to a high-sticking penalty on Bryan Bickell, but Stalberg scored minutes later to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead.

The tally was set up by Nick Leddy, who poked the puck into the zone past a Columbus defender and Stalberg broke away for his first goal of the season.

Chicago padded its lead when Andrew Brunette wrapped around the net and fed Stalberg across the crease for a wide-open goal.

Frolik's empty-netter capped the scoring.

"I wanted to come out and compete hard," said York of his first start. "For the most part I think I did that, but it wasn't good enough."

Game Notes

This was the first of six meetings this season between these Central Division rivals...Columbus is 0-6-0 on the road this season.