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.