DeBrincat, Blackhawks rally to beat Blue Jackets 4-3

DeBrincat, Blackhawks rally to beat Blue Jackets 4-3

2021-04-11 02:57:14

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Alex DeBrincat had a goal and an assist, Kevin Lankinen stopped 23 shots and the Chicago Blackhawks rallied from an early two goal deficit Saturday night to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3.

Carl Soderberg, Wyatt Kalynuk and Dylan Strome also scored for the Blackhawks, who dropped five of the last seven as they competed against Nashville and Dallas for fourth playoff spot in the Central Division.

Michael Del Zotto, Cam Atkinson and Patrik Laine scored goals for Columbus and Elvis Merzlikins made 24 saves. The Blue Jackets have lost two straights and nine of the last 11.

Earlier in the day, Columbus traded one of the team's surviving players, defender David Savard, to Tampa Bay for draft picks.

The Blue Jackets started out strong and then faded.

Del Zotto scored 1:03 into the game after a shot from the blue line and two minutes later Atkinson tapped in a nice feed from Jack Roslovic from the right wall to put Columbus at 2-0.

“We just weren't ready to play,” said DeBrincat. & # 39; We were knocked off the wall, we missed checks. That's pretty much what was said in the timeout, just wake up a bit. I think we scored a few well and won the game. "

DeBrincat scored on a one-timer from the right circle in the closing seconds of a power play at 10:13 from the first. Then Soderberg tied it as he lifted a short shot over Merzlikin's shoulder late in the first.

Chicago took the lead early in the second when the puck barely trickled over the goal line when Columbus's Kevin Stenlund dug in and tried to clear out, with rookie Kalynuk taking credit for his first NHL goal. Strome knocked out late in the second.

With an empty net on the other side, Laine made it 4-3 with 49 seconds left in the game, but time was running out for Columbus.

"I don't think we played hard enough in the middle part of that game," said Columbus coach John Tortorella. "Found our way in the third period."


The Blue Jackets were without attacker Boone Jenner and defender Zach Werenski due to recent injuries. Injured center Riley Nash was traded to Toronto on Friday for a seventh-round draft pick in 2022.


Chicago defender Calvin de Haan ran into a hip pointer and did not play in the third period. "I don't think it's long term, but we'll have to see how he fares in the coming days," said Chicago coach Jeremy Colliton.


23-year-old Kalynuk's first NHL goal was briefly in dispute, as officials watched the video to make sure the puck crossed the line. Then it withstood a review after the Blue Jackets challenged the game for interference from the goalkeeper.

“Obviously I couldn't have imagined that,” he said. “I think even after it was judged I saw it a few times and I didn't think it was even close. But the referee must have just got a good look at it from behind. I know my mom and dad and grandma Betty are smiling at home, so it sure feels good. "


"It wasn't pretty, but we don't care if it's pretty," said Colliton. & # 39; We need the points.

Farewell to FOLIGNO?

Captain Nick Foligno was scratched and may have played his last game as a Blue Jacket. Foligno reportedly had an upper body injury, but could potentially be traded before Monday's deadline. 33-year-old Foligno, who will be an unrestricted free agent after the season, has played 599 games for Columbus since being traded from Ottawa in 2012.


The teams will close a run of two games in Columbus on Monday.


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