Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011
Posted 8:43 p.m. Updated 9:46 p.m.
By Tracey Myers
COLUMBUS, Ohio Joel Quenneville had seen enough.
When the Columbus Blue Jackets scored two goals within 42 seconds early in the second period, the Chicago Blackhawks called a time out to try and settle his team down.
Four goals, a 5-on-3 kill and a lot of momentum later, it was apparent that it worked.
Jonathan Toews scored a short-handed goal late in the second period and added two assists as the Blackhawks came back twice to beat the Blue Jackets 7-4 at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday night. The Blackhawks snapped a two-game losing streak they had entering the All-Star break.
It was looking touch and go, however, for a while. The Blackhawks got down 1-0 then went up 2-1 before the Jackets scored those two quick goals. Then the Blackhawks regrouped after that time out and scored four consecutive goals.
You dont expect to score four straight and you dont want to have to, but we always seem to respond from those time outs, said Toews. Weve got to be smarter defensively.
Nick Leddy, Duncan Keith, Viktor Stalberg, Patrick Kane and Dave Bolland also scored. Marian Hossa added an empty-net goal with 35.5 seconds remaining in regulation.
Toews was sharp on Tuesday, and his short-handed goal with 40 seconds remaining in the second period proved to be the game-winner, as it put the Blackhawks up 5-3 at the time. Hossa cleared the puck around the boards and Toews did the rest.
That short-handed goal, thats just huge. Theyre not cheating, theyre just smart, hard-working guys, said Marty Turco, who stopped 29 of 33 for the victory. Comebacks are always pretty huge. It just seems this team is getting more confidence. Were less frustrated and focusing on moving forward. Thats a good sign.
The Blackhawks also killed off a 37-second 5-on-3 midway through the third period when Toews and Niklas Hjalmarsson were in the box.
Thats a huge kill, Quenneville said. They had some time on it and we had some penalty troubles there again. The penalty kill did a good job.
The Blackhawks will try and get home before heading to Vancouver on Thursday afternoon. Theyve got five more games on this road trip, and they need to get rid of the rust as they move forward.
I think everybody on both sides were trying to find their bearings again, Brent Seabrook said. We came out hard in the second and had a great third. It was good to see Marty shut the door there.
Seabrook went down hard when Columbus center R.J. Umberger hit him while they were both chasing down a puck along the boards. Seabrook said he felt fine afterward.
I dont know if he just had body position but we both sort of went after each other pretty good and I got the worse end of it, Seabrook said. Hes a solid player and it was just a good hit on his part.
Marty Turco said he hasnt been feeling my best physically, but improved as the game went on Tuesday. Turcos victory was his first since Jan. 16 against Nashville.
Its just nice to play and see shots and stay low and track pucks, Turco said. Youre just trying to get out there and play it and keep the progress moving forward. Its never great giving up four, but we won and we had a tremendous amount of character and battle in us to do so.
The two teams left the ice with 39 seconds remaining in the first period after a power surge dimmed the lights a bit. They came out after the intermission and played those final 39 seconds before proceeding with the second period.
Due to the blizzard in Chicago, the Blackhawks stayed in Columbus on Tuesday night. They will practice here Wednesday before flying home.
Kanes goal was his first since Jan. 9.
Leddys goal was his second of the season.
Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.