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.
Blackhawks forward Marcus Kruger and defenseman Ville Pokka were added to Team Sweden and Team Finland, respectively, as team rosters were completed for the World Cup of Hockey on Friday.
Christian Ehrhoff, who was traded to the Blackhawks during the season, was added to Team Europe.
Nine Blackhawks were already chosen for their respective country’s teams back in March: Corey Crawford, Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith (Team Canada), Patrick Kane (USA), Artem Anisimov and Artemi Panarin (Russia), Teuvo Teravainen (Finland), Niklas Hjalmarsson (Sweden) and Marian Hossa (Team Europe).
Michal Kempny, a defenseman the Blackhawks signed earlier this week, was also named to Team Czech Republic in March.
The World Cup of Hockey will be held from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1 in Toronto.
It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that young hockey players are patterning their games off Patrick Kane.
But the next generation of scorers are modeling their post-goal celebrations after the Blackhawks star, too.
Check out this video of a kid in a youth hockey game mimicking Kane's celebration from this year's playoffs, when he scored the double-overtime winner in Game 5 of the Blackhawks' series against the Blues.
Not bad, kid!
Kane recognized the kid's celly game, tweeting the video out to his followers Friday afternoon.
The Blackhawks agreed to terms with goaltender Lars Johansson, defenseman Michal Kempny and forward Martin Lundberg on one-year deals on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old Kempny had 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) in 59 games with Avangard Omsk (KHL) last season. He had two assists in eight games with the Czech Republic in the IIHF World Championship.
Johansson, 28, spent the last three seasons with Frolunda HC (Swedish Hockey League). He was 56-27-0 over those three seasons. Last season, he had a league-leading 1.74 goals-against average and a 27-6-0 record.
The 25-year-old Lundberg had 13 goals and eight assists in 44 games with Skelleftea AIK (Swedish Hockey League). He also had two goals in eight games with Sweden in the World Championship.