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Columbus 5, Chicago 2
When: 8:30 PM ET, Saturday, February 16, 2019
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Referees: Marc Joannette, Kendrick Nicholson
Linesmen: Derek Nansen, Andrew Smith
Attendance: 22196

Artemi Panarin recorded two goals and an assist as the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets notched a 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.

Columbus won for the fifth time in its past six games, including four straight victories away from home. The Blue Jackets are 18-9-1 in road games this season, marking the first time the franchise has won 18 of its first 28 road games in a season.

Ryan Murray recorded three assists for the Blue Jackets, giving the defenseman the first three-point game of his six-year NHL career.

Trade rumors have swirled around Panarin in recent weeks, though the speculation doesn't seem to be affecting his play. The winger has 33 points (15 goals, 18 assists) in his past 23 games.

The Blue Jackets' top line of Panarin, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Cam Atkinson each found the net in the first period, highlighted by Dubois' individual rush from his own end at 12:36. Dubois got the puck and brought it deep into Chicago's territory, finishing the play with a high shot past Cam Ward for his 22nd goal of the season, giving the Columbus a 1-0 lead.

After Patrick Kane's power-play goal for the Blackhawks tied the score at 16:14, Panarin put Columbus back in front just 17 seconds later.

Panarin and Atkinson then extended the lead in the period's final minute, combining on a two-on-one rush that ended with Atkinson's 32nd goal of the season.

The Blackhawks outshot Columbus by a 20-9 margin in the second period, finally breaking through at 19:26 on a goal from Jonathan Toews.

Once more, however, the Blue Jackets answered quickly. Just 12 seconds into the third period, Panarin made a no-look redirection of a Seth Jones point shot for his second goal of the night and 24th of the season.

Josh Anderson scored the Blue Jackets' final goal, giving him five scores in his past eight games and 20 for the season.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 39 saves to earn his fifth victory in his past six starts.

Kane had a goal and an assist, extending a pair of notable streaks. Kane has recorded at least one point in each of his past 17 games (13 goals, 24 assists), tying Florida's Mike Hoffman for the longest point streak in the NHL this season.

It was also Kane's 16th straight game with an assist, tying Jaromir Jagr for the sixth-longest assist streak in NHL history.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Columbus   Chicago
Artemi Panarin 3 Points Patrick Kane 2
Artemi Panarin 2 Goals Patrick Kane 1
Ryan Murray 3 Assists Patrick Kane 1
N/A Power Play Goals Patrick Kane 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Sergei Bobrovsky .951 Save Percentage Cam Ward .833
Sergei Bobrovsky 39 Saves Cam Ward 25
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Columbus 30 5 0-1 0-1 2 22
Chicago 41 2 1-1 1-1 2 31
Upcoming Games
  • Chicago will play their next game at home against Ottawa. The Blackhawks have a W/L % of .480 after a win and .353 after a loss.
  • Columbus will play their next game at home against Tampa Bay. The Blue Jackets have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .680 after a loss.