On Friday night time, at the very least, it was sufficient.
“We weren’t as sharp as we prefer to be, however Korpisalo was simply our greatest participant,” coach John Tortorella mentioned.
The Blue Jackets have one of many NHL’s finest goaltender tandems in Korpisalo and Elvis Merzlikins, and that duo performed a key function in consecutive wins. An evening after Merzlikins had 33 saves in a 3-2 shootout victory over Florida, Korpisalo took over.
He stepped up as Chicago pushed for the tying aim, denying Patrick Kane in entrance about seven minutes into the third. He additionally caught a break when Carl Soderberg’s shot via the goaltender’s legs was simply large with a pair minutes left.
“Korpy made some large saves,” Bjorkstrand mentioned.
Lankinen made 25 saves in his fifth profession begin — all this season.
“That was actually enjoyable,” Korpisalo mentioned. “I feel it’s been like six or seven years since we performed towards one another. He received that one, in order that was nice to win in the present day.”
Dylan Strome scored for Chicago, which had recorded at the very least one level in 5 straight video games.
“It’s robust to come back from behind towards a group like that they usually’ve obtained actually good goaltending,” coach Jeremy Colliton mentioned. “However I assumed we did a variety of good issues, and we did greater than sufficient to attain a couple of aim.”
The Blue Jackets jumped in entrance on Bjorkstrand’s power-play aim 8:53 into the primary interval. Mattias Janmark had an opportunity to clear the puck out for Chicago, however Columbus stored it in and Cam Atkinson discovered Bjorkstrand within the left circle for a one-timer.
The Blackhawks pushed for the tying aim early within the second, however Strome had a wraparound try knocked away by Blue Jackets defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov.
“It was a sport I assumed we performed nicely sufficient to win,” Strome mentioned. “Did a variety of good issues and felt like we had the puck fairly a bit however got here up quick.”
After Chicago had an prolonged keep in Columbus’ zone, the Blue Jackets obtained it out and the speedy Robinson skated out on a breakaway. He beat Lankinen on the glove aspect for his second aim of the season and a 2-0 lead at 3:39.
Bjorkstrand obtained the one help on the play. He has three objectives and 5 assists in his final seven video games. He virtually picked up one other aim within the third, however Lankinen used his glove to push away his shot from proper in entrance.
Chicago obtained on the board when Kane discovered Strome within the slot for the middle’s third aim, making it 2-1 halfway via the second. The connection gave the Blackhawks at the very least one power-play aim in eight of their 9 video games this season.
Columbus ahead Jack Roslovic performed 14 minutes on his twenty fourth birthday. The Columbus native was acquired in a blockbuster commerce with Winnipeg final week that additionally moved Patrik Laine to the Blue Jackets in alternate for Pierre Luc-Dubois and a third-round draft decide.
The groups play once more Sunday night time. Then Columbus opens a four-game homestand towards Dallas on Tuesday night time, and Chicago hosts Carolina on Tuesday night time.