NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Chicago
(Thursday, January 22nd)
Final Score: Chicago 7, Columbus 0
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Craig Anderson earned his first career victory with 30 saves to lead Chicago to a 7-0 win over Columbus at the United Center.
Steve Sullivan, Mark Bell, Tyler Arnason and Igor Korolev each posted a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who recorded a season-high in goals to snap a five-game losing streak and win for the third time in 12 games (3-7-0-2). Travis Moen, Bryan Berard and Ryan VandenBussche also scored.
"We were very good early and got rewarded," Chicago coach Brian Sutter said. "Anderson was good and the team played well in front of him."
Fred Brathwaite stopped 32 shots for the Blue Jackets, who lost for the first time in four games (2-1-1).
Anderson snapped a 13-game personal winless streak (0-11-2) for Chicago, which built a 3-0 lead in the first period.
Moen opened the scoring from the left faceoff circle at 5:43. His low wrist shot went through the legs of Brathwaite.
Berard delivered his sixth of the season 2:16 later on a one-timer from the left circle off a rebound.
Sullivan's eighth goal of the season, with 2:31 to go, capped the scoring in the first. Bell fired a shot from the left circle. Brathwaite stopped the shot, but Sullivan gathered the rebound and scored on a soft wrister.
"We weren't ready from the start," said Columbus defenseman Luke Richardson.
In the second period, a shot by Columbus forward David Vyborny hit the crossbar.
Bell's 13th goal, 9:55 into the second, pushed the Chicago edge to 4-0. Skating into the slot, he redirected Sullivan's pass from the left circle into the net.
Early in the third period, Blue Jackets defenseman Jaroslav Spacek hit the post with a shot.
Arnason put the Blackhawks ahead 5-0 at 5:34 of the third period. Korolev scored with 6:37 to play and VandenBussche tipped in a shot in the waning seconds on the power play to complete the scoring.
Stephane Robidas and Nathan Dempsey each had two assists for Chicago, which won for the first time this season against the Blue Jackets after consecutive losses...The Blackhawks improved to 7-1-1 all-time against Columbus at the United Center...The Blue Jackets went 0-for-2 on the power play...The teams will play Saturday in Columbus...Chicago last won by seven goals on March 16, 1995 (9-2 over Vancouver).
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