Hartigan leads Columbus past Chicago
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) – Mark Hartigan posted a pair of goals and
added an assist as Columbus beat Chicago, 5-2, at Nationwide Arena.
Nikolai Zherdev, Jaroslav Balastik and David Vyborny also scored for the Blue
Jackets, who won their fifth straight game. The Blue Jackets also won five
straight from January 24-February 2. Marc Denis made 27 saves.
Brandon Bochenski and Kyle Calder scored for the Blackhawks, who had a two-
game winning streak snapped. Craig Anderson stopped 19 shots.
Bochenski scored on a wrister at the 3:17 mark in the second period to draw
first blood for Chicago. Zherdev scored stick side from the top of the right
circle with 20 seconds left to tie the score at one heading into the second
Calder gave the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead on the power play with a wrist shot
tally at the 4:16 mark of the third period, but Hartigan tied the game 33
seconds later from the right circle on a wrister glove side.
Balastik took a wraparound pass from Jason Chimera and scored with a snap shot
from the left circle at the 7:50 mark to give the ‘Jackets a 3-2 lead.
Hartigan then scored off a rebound glove side on the power play from just
outside the crease to make it a 4-2 game with 3:52 left.
Vyborny scored shorthanded on an empty net with 44.4 seconds left to seal the
win for Columbus.
Both teams suffered nine penalties for a total of 18 minutes.
Columbus departs on a two-game road trip at Nashville on Monday and Detroit on
Friday…Chicago played the middle test of a three-game road trip, and are
10-21-6 as the visiting club this season…Columbus has taken four of the six
encounters with Chicago this season…Columbus has won eight of the last 12