Chicago 4, Columbus 3

Friday, April 4, 2014 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Chicago 44-19-7-8 25-7-2-5 19-12-5-3 W2
Columbus 39-31-5-2 20-15-2-2 19-16-3-0 L1

Recap



Blackhawks 4, Blue Jackets 3: Ben Smith scored with 3.9 seconds left in regulation to lift visiting Chicago to its 13th consecutive victory over Columbus.

Smith swept home a rebound off a scramble in front and Patrick Sharp had a goal and an assist as the Blackhawks halted a five-game winless drought on the road to pull within a point of Colorado for second place in the Central Division. Defenseman Jeremy Morin and Marian Hossa scored while defenseman Duncan Keith collected three assists to help Antti Raanta (24 saves) notch his first win since Jan. 12.

Derek MacKenzie, Ryan Johansen and Artem Anisimov netted goals for the Blue Jackets, who suffered their ninth straight loss to Chicago at home to remain one point ahead of Toronto for the final wild-card slot in the Eastern Conference. Sergei Bobrovsky made 34 saves for Columbus, which has a game in hand on the Maple Leafs.

After Johansen gave Columbus the lead 36 seconds into the middle session, the Blackhawks went ahead 3 1/2 minutes later on Sharp's power-play blast from the right point before Hossa got behind the defense and beat Bobrovsky with a forehand stick side midway through the period. Anisimov knotted it five minutes later when his crossing pass deflected off the stick of Chicago defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson and past Raanta.

MacKenzie opened the scoring 92 seconds into the game, charging to the net and banging home a rebound of R.J. Umberger's shot. Morin got the equalizer with a wrister from the top of the right circle with 2:50 left in the period for his second goal of the season.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Sharp has 17 points in his last 17 games to increase his career-best total to 75. ... RW Cam Atkinson's assist on Johansen's goal pushed his point streak to three games and gave him four goals and four assists in his last nine games. ... Blackhawks D Michal Rozsival returned to the lineup after missing nine games due to a lower-body injury. ... A fan was hit in the head by a puck in the first period and transported to the hospital for precautionary reasons.

Top Game Performances

Chicago   Columbus
Duncan Keith 3 Points Artem Anisimov 1
Patrick Sharp 1 Goals Artem Anisimov 1
Duncan Keith 3 Assists Cam Atkinson 1
Patrick Sharp 1 Power Play Goals Artem Anisimov 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Antti Raanta .889 Save Percentage Sergei Bobrovsky .895
Antti Raanta 24 Saves Sergei Bobrovsky 34

Team Stats Summary

 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Chicago 38 4 1-2 2-3 11 28
Columbus 27 3 1-3 1-2 9 31

Upcoming Games

  • Columbus will play its next game at home against NY Islanders. The Blue Jackets have a W/L % of .474 after a win and .526 after a loss.
  • Chicago will play its next game at home against St. Louis. The Blackhawks have a W/L % of .523 after a win and .618 after a loss.