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Chicago Blackhawks

Panarin powers Blue Jackets past Hawks

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky defends against Blackhawks center Dylan Strome, who is trying to knock down the puck during the second period Saturday at the United Center.
Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky defends against Blackhawks center Dylan Strome, who is trying to knock down the puck during the second period Saturday at the United Center.

CHICAGO – Artemi Panarin had two goals and an assist against his former team, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Blackhawks, 5-2, on Saturday night for their fifth win in six games.

Pierre-Luc Dubois added a goal and an assist for Columbus, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 39 saves in his sixth straight start. Cam Atkinson and Josh Anderson also scored.

The Hawks had won eight of nine to get back into the wild-card race in the crowded Western Conference. Patrick Kane collected a goal and an assist while extending his point streak to
17 games, matching the longest in the NHL this season.

The Blue Jackets scored on three of their last four shots in the first period to take a 3-1 lead.

DuBois opened the scoring at 12:36 when he cut around Hawks defenseman Erik Gustafsson on the left wing, gained a step and fired a shot over Cam Ward’s shoulder.

Kane responded with a power-play goal with 3:46 left in the period. Kane beat a lunging Bobrovsky with a screened shot from the right circle after Alex DeBrincat made a cross-ice feed.

It was Kane’s 35th of the season. The dynamic winger has 13 goals and 24 assists during his point streak.

Columbus then went ahead to stay when Panarin converted a one-timer from the slot only 17 seconds after Kane’s goal. Panarin seemed to be covered by the Hawks’ Carl Dahlstrom, but Oliver Bjorkstrand made a pinpoint pass from behind the net.

Atkinson completed a 2-on-1 break with Panarin with 38 seconds left in the period after the Hawks’ Connor Murphy lost the puck just inside the Columbus zone. It was Atkinson’s team-high 32nd goal.

Panarin began his NHL career with the Hawks. He had 61 goals and 90 assists in 162 games with the Hawks before he was traded to the Blue Jackets in June 2017.

The Hawks’ picked up the pace as the second period progressed, outshooting Columbus 20-9 in the frame and testing Bobrovsky in close.

Jonathan Toews cut it to 3-2 on the Hawks’ final shot of the period with 34 seconds left. Gustafsson swooped in behind the Columbus net and found Toews alone at the right edge of the crease.

It was Toews’ 27th goal. The captain has nine goals and seven assists in his last 10 games. Kane extended his team-record assist streak to 16 games on the play.

Panarin added his 24th on a deflection just 12 seconds into the third. From a faceoff, Seth Jones fired from the blue line. Panarin was turning in the slot and had his back to the play, but the shot caromed of the shaft of his stick and bounced past Ward.

Ward, who had won five in a row, blocked 25 shots.

After another goal for Atkinson was waived off following a video review for offside, Anderson made it 5-2 with 4:44 left when Ward juggled his shot from the right circle and the puck landed in the net.

NOTES: Chicago G Corey Crawford, who has been sidelined since Dec. 16 with his second concussion in two seasons, missed the game-day skate because of an illness. But he thinks he is close to returning. ... Columbus C Boone Jenner sat out with an undisclosed injury and F Brandon Dubinsky (hip) missed his sixth game after being placed on IR on Friday. . Blue Jackets F Kole Sherwood, a native of New Albany, Ohio, made his NHL debut and became the first local player to skate for the team. The 22-year-old was recalled from Cleveland of the AHL on Friday. Coach John Tortorella downplayed Sherwood’s hometown connection. “I don’t care if he’s from Mars,” Tortorella said. “If he can play and add something to help us win, great.” . The announced United Center crowd of 22,196 was the Blackhawks’ largest this season and their 486th straight sellout.


Blue Jackets: Host Tampa Bay on Monday.

Blackhawks: Host Ottawa on Monday.

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