CHICAGO (AP) — Kevin Lankinen made 32 saves and the short-handed Chicago Blackhawks jumped on two expensive errors by Elvis Merzlikins within the third interval, topping the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Sunday night time.
Patrick Kane and Philipp Kurashev every had a aim and an help for Chicago, which had dropped three in a row. The Blackhawks improved to 1-1 on a four-game homestand after shedding 2-1 to the Blue Jackets on Friday night time.
The sport was tied earlier than Merzlikins mishandled the puck behind his internet at two totally different factors within the third, and Chicago scored every time.
Pius Suter obtained to at least one within the nook and despatched his shot off the goaltender and into the online at 7:41, lifting the Blackhawks to a 2-1 lead. On Merzlikins’ second misplay, Kurashev fed Kane for his fourth aim at 13:40.
Columbus had an opportunity to get one again when Andrew Shaw was despatched off for hooking, however Chicago killed off the the penalty.
Boone Jenner scored for the Blue Jackets, and Merzlikins stopped 33 pictures.
Chicago obtained a sorely wanted victory a day after it canceled observe out of concern about potential publicity to COVID-19. Ahead Ryan Carpenter and defenseman Nicolas Beaudin have been positioned on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol listing, becoming a member of teammates Alex DeBrincat, Adam Boqvist and Lucas Wallmark.
The league’s unavailability listing covers a number of components comparable to isolation because of a confirmed constructive check or quarantines because of being “a excessive threat shut contact.”
“It’s robust as soon as it will get within the locker room. It’s clearly going to discover a approach to get to some individuals,” Shaw mentioned. “However we’re all following protocols. We’ve got our masks on. We’re staying away from one another. We’re doing Zoom conferences.
“I imply, we’re following all the rules we’re speculated to be following and the trainers are ensuring of it as properly and serving to us out.”
Chicago coach Jeremy Colliton held a Zoom assembly together with his group Saturday and talked about working by way of adversity.
“An important factor is that we push by way of and we discover a approach to persevere anyway, and that’ll be nice for us ultimately,” Colliton mentioned. “That may make our group stronger. We’re attempting to construct a basis that we are able to depend on in laborious instances, so ‘Why me?’ could be the full unsuitable strategy, I believe.”
Chicago used a fairly passing sequence to leap in entrance within the first interval. Mattias Janmark discovered a streaking Kane within the center, and he touched it over to Kurashev for a tap-in at 12:32.
Columbus tied it when Jenner stuffed residence a rebound with 2:32 left within the interval. It was Jenner’s third aim of the season.
The Blue Jackets had an opportunity to take the lead within the second, however Lankinen made a pleasant proper pad save on Alexandre Texier about six minutes in. Merzlikins additionally confronted some stress, knocking away an open search for Chicago ahead David Kampf.
Blue Jackets: Open a four-game homestand in opposition to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night time.
Blackhawks: Host the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night time.