The Blackhawks beat the Blue Jackets 5-2, snapping an 8-game losing streak

CHICAGO (AP) — Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane each goal and two assists and Chicago Clinic ended the eight-game streak with a 5-2 win Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.

Alex Stalock Made 27 saves in his return from a concussion to help last-place Chicago snap an 11-game home losing streak (0-10-1) and earn its second win in 18 games overall (2-15-1). Max at home, Andreas Athanasiou and Taylor Raddysh Also marked as the Blackhawks won at the United Center for the first time since Nov. 3.

Stalock sustained a concussion early in the Nov. 1 game. against the Iceland Since New York onwards Casey Cizikas had plowed with the 35-year-old Jontman goalie and sent him flying into the right post.

Marcus Bjork had a goal and an assist and Kirill Marchenko scored on the power play as the Blue Jackets lost their sixth straight. Columella scored nine times in his fall so far.

Blue Jackets rookie Daniil Tarasov allowed four goals in Chicago’s first 20 shots before being replaced John Korpisalo. Tarasov made his fifth straight start as the slumping No. 1 goalie Elvis Merzlikins he sat down with the disease discovered.

Kane ended his eight-point drought with his fifth goal as the Blackhawks opened the scoring in a game for the first time since their last win, at the Rangers on Dec. 3.

Chicago opened the scoring for only the sixth time this season when Kane stole a pass that sailed between Pados Tarasov with 6:31 left in the first. Kane set up a wide-open home run to make it 2-0 with a one-timer from the right circle 2 1/2 minutes later.

Athanasiou and Raddysh scored the first chances from the slot 53 seconds apart early in the second to put Chicago up 4-0 and prompt Columbus coach Brad Larsen to pull Tarasov.

After Bjork narrowed it to 4-2 early in the third, Chicago scored 55 on Columbus’ second 5-on-3 power play. From Kane, Toews connected from the crease in the middle of the power play to win the game.


Columbus D Adam Boqvist He played after missing 24 games with a broken foot. … Korpisalo returned after sitting out six games with a lower-body injury. … Stalock is off to a solid start with the Blackhawks, going 3-2-1 with a 2.93 goals-against average before his concussion. Originally slated to be Chicago’s backup, he was pressed into added action after Petr Mrazek suffered a groin injury in the fourth game of the season. … Cizikas was fined $5,000 by the NHL after hitting Stalock.


Blue Jackets: Host Buffalo on Tuesday.

Blackhawks: At Carolina on Tuesday.


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Matt Carlson, The Associated Press

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