COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Alex DeBrincat scored twice, and Calvin de Haan scored his first goal in nearly a year to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to their second road victory in a row, 4-2 over the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday night.
Columbus has lost four of five and lost at home to the Blackhawks for the seventh time in a row.
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Connor 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 did a good job.”
Boone Jenner scored for Columbus and Gus Nyquist had a short hand goal and an assist.
Joonas Korpisalo stopped 16 shots in his third loss in four games.
“We had a couple of crashes,” DeBrincat said, “but we fought hard, got the puck through the zone and went hard on the forecheck.”
Jenner put Columbus on the board and scored from a feed behind the net from Nyquist at. 12:51 in the first period for his team-leading 14th goal.
DeBrincat pulled the Blackhawks himself 24 seconds later, burying a blueline pass from Riley Stillman past Korpisalo’s glove side.
DeBrincat’s goals continued an 11-game series of points against the Blue Jackets, going back to the beginning of the 2018-19 season.
The Blackhawks went up 2-1 after Philipp Kurashev overtook Jake Bean and found the back de Haan, who scored his first of the season at 15:10 of the second. His previous goal came on January 22, 2021, a streak of 70 games.
Murphy, a native of Ohio, made it 3-1 at 6:36 in the third period with a shot from the left circle. Patrick Kanes’ assistant extended his assist and points series to five games.
Nyquist got Columbus inside one on a short-handed goal at 6:39 p.m., before DeBrincat slammed the door with an empty net player with 14 seconds left for his team-leading 25th goal of the season.
“You come within one and you hope you can find something there,” Blue Jackets coach Brad Larsen said. “We just could not get it done.”
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Seth Jones was scheduled to play his first game back in Columbus since his 2021 draft day trade for the Blackhawks, but was derailed by a positive COVID-19 test. Jones is the Blue Jackets’ career leader among defenders in assists, points and overtime winners (club record for all skaters).
Chicago assigned defender Jakub Galvas to the active list from the taxi team after placing Jake McCabe in the COVID-19 protocol. He is joined in the protocol by head athlete coach Mike Gapski.
ELVIS IS IN THE BUILDING
Columbus goalkeeper Elvis Merzlikins dressed up as a backup for the first time since he suffered a lower body injury on New Year’s Day vs. Carolina.
The Blue Jackets suspended Gregory Hofmann after he did not return to the club after a personal leave. Hofmann’s agent told Columbus Dispatch that the forward took home for the birth of his first child and decided to stay in Switzerland. The 29-year-old Hofmann signed a one-year contract with the Blue Jackets on June 14, 2021 after spending the previous 11 seasons in the Swiss NLA. He appeared in 24 matches with the club and recorded two goals.
Adam Boqvist played in the 100th game of his NHL career. Boqvist, who started his career with the Blackhawks, has seven goals and is in sixth place among NHL defenders. He came to Columbus in the trade for Jones.
Chicago hosts Montreal on Thursday.
Columbus visits Carolina on Thursday.
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