Columbus, Ohio (AP) – Alex Debrincat scored twice and Calvin de Haan scored his first goal in nearly a year to give the Chicago Blackhawks a second straight victory in a 4-2 straight win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.
Columbus has dropped four out of five and lost to the Blackhawks for the seventh time in a row at home.
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Conor Murphy also scored for Chicago and Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves for his 11th win.
“We managed the puck in the neutral zone and started working in the offensive zone,” said Blackhawks interim coach Derek King. “For the most part I think we’ve done a good job.”
Boone Jenner scored for Columbus, and Gus Nyquist had a short-handed goal and an assist.
Junas Corpisalo intercepted 16 shots in his third loss in four games.
“We had a few breakdowns,” Debrinkt said, “but we pushed hard, pucked through the zone and hit hard on the forecheck.”
Jenner kept Columbus on board, scoring a behind-the-net feed from Nyquist at 12:51 of the first period for his team’s leading 14th goal.
DeBrincat still pulled off the Blackhawks 24 seconds later, burying a blueline pass from Riley Stillman on the side of Corpisalo’s glove.
DeBrincat’s goal continued an 11-game point streak against the Blue Jackets, dating back to the start of the 2018–19 season.
The Blackhawks went 2–1 after Philip Kurashev overtook Jake Bean and found trailing de Haan, who scored his first of the season at 15:10 of the second. His previous target came on January 22, 2021, at a gap of 70 games.
Ohio native Murphy made it 3-1 with a shot from the left circle at 6:36 of the third period. Patrick Kane’s assistant extended his assist and point streak to five games.
DeBrincat slammed the door with a blank-netter with 14 seconds remaining for his team’s 25th goal of the season before Nyquist got Columbus on a short-handed goal at 18:39.
“You come in one and you’re hoping you can find something there,” said Blue Jackets coach Brad Larson. “We just couldn’t get it done.”
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Seth Jones was scheduled to play his first game back in Columbus since a 2021 draft-day trade for the Blackhawks, but was derailed by a positive COVID-19 test. Jones is the Blue Jackets’ career leader among defensemen in assists, points, and overtime winners (the club record for all skaters).
Chicago assigned defenseman Jacob Galvas to the active roster from Taxi Squad after keeping Jake McCabe in COVID-19 protocol. He is joined in protocol by prominent athletic trainer Mike Gapsky.
Elvis is in the building
Columbus goalkeeper Elvis Merzlikins dressed up as a backup for the first time since sustaining a lower body injury on New Year’s Day vs Carolina.
The Blue Jackets suspended Gregory Hoffman after not returning to the club after a personal leave. Hoffman’s agent told the Columbus Dispatch that the forward went home for the birth of his first child and decided to stay in Switzerland. Hoffman, 29, signed a one-year contract with the Blue Jackets on June 14, 2021, after spending the past 11 seasons in the NLA, Switzerland. He appeared in 24 games with the club, recording two goals.
Adam Boquist played the 100th game of his NHL career. Boquist, who began his career with the Blackhawks, has seven goals and ranks sixth among the NHL’s defense personnel. He came to Columbus in the business of Jones.
Chicago hosts Montreal on Thursdays.
Columbus visits Carolina on Thursday.
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