Blackhawks remain unbeaten after edging Columbus

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Blackhawks remain unbeaten after edging Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio It certainly wasnt their prettiest game of their first five, but the Chicago Blackhawks found a way to win and continue their scorching start to the 2013 season.

Jonathan Toews notched the game-winner and Corey Crawford stopped 24-of-26 shots as the Blackhawks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 at Nationwide Arena on Saturday night. The Blackhawks, now 5-0-0, continue to get off to their best season start in 40 years.

Kane had two assists for the Blackhawks. Michael Frolik also added an assist.

Granted, it wasnt their sharpest game. The Blackhawks struggled out of the gate against the Blue Jackets, who showed more fire, speed and determination. At one point, Columbus was outshooting the Blackhawks 9-2, and Columbus took the early lead on Mark Letestus goal.

But the Blackhawks firepower came through eventually. Dave Bolland followed up on a Patrick Kane shot to tie it 1-1, then Bryan Bickell redirected Niklas Hjalmarssons shot to take a 2-1 advantage in the second period.

Toews added the eventual winner in the third period, taking Kanes pass and making a few quick moves before putting it past Steve Mason.

Rangers win riveting goaltending duel over Blackhawks in overtime

Rangers win riveting goaltending duel over Blackhawks in overtime

Antti Raanta stopped all 26 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season and Nick Holden netted the winner as the New York Rangers beat the Blackhawks 1-0 in overtime on Friday night.

The Blackhawks, playing without Jonathan Toews, Brent Seabrook and Corey Crawford, are now 1-2-1 in their last four games. Nevertheless, they remain atop the Western Conference with 38 points.

Scott Darling stopped 36 of 37 shots in the loss.

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Two seasons ago Darling and Raanta battled for the Blackhawks’ backup spot. Friday marked their first head-to-head matchup, and it was stellar.

The Blackhawks thought they broke the scoreless tie six minutes into the third period, when Marian Hossa got one past Raanta. But the Rangers challenged for offside and officials agreed, nullifying the goal.

Blackhawks preparing for EPIX all-access look leading up to Winter Classic

Blackhawks preparing for EPIX all-access look leading up to Winter Classic

The 2017 Winter Classic featuring the Blackhawks and Blues is right around the corner.

Players from both sides already squared off in a game of NHL 17 to generate some hype into the game, but nothing compares to behind-the-scenes footage of the two teams leading up to it.

Beginning Dec. 16 at 9 p.m., EPIX will air a one-hour episode each week that provides an all-access look inside the lives of the Blackhawks and Blues, on and off the ice.

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The game will be on Jan. 2 at 12 p.m. on NBC, with the final episode airing Friday, Jan. 6.

Here's a two-minute preview involving the Blackhawks, who are labeled "A Good Bunch of Guys."