Jonathan Toews had two goals and an assist, and the Chicago Blackhawks’ struggling power play scored twice in a 6-3 victory over the stumbling Blue Jackets last night in Columbus, Ohio.
The Blackhawks broke a three-game losing streak with their highest-scoring game of the season.
Andrew Brunette, Steve Montador, Patrick Kane, and Marian Hossa also had goals for Chicago, which lost, 3-0, at St. Louis Tuesday. Montador added an assist, and Nick Leddy and Brent Seabrook each had two assists. Corey Crawford made 27 saves.
The Blue Jackets fell to 2-12-1, by far the worst record in the NHL.
Grant Clitsome had a career-best two goals, and newly acquired Mark Letestu also scored for the Blue Jackets.
Chicago entered last in the league on the power play, converting just 5 of 57 opportunities. But the Blackhawks scored on two of their three advantages to get out of their rut against the Blue Jackets, among the worst in the league on the penalty kill.
Toews scored twice in the first period, the second on the Blackhawks’ first power play. Toews sent on a soft shot from the left circle on net that somehow eluded goalie Steve Mason.
Canadiens 3, Coyotes 2 - Josh Gorges scored 1:45 into overtime and Montreal edged Phoenix in Glendale, Ariz.
Brian Gionta had a goal and an assist, and Travis Moen scored for the Canadiens, who snapped a two-game skid.
Avalanche 4, Islanders 3 - Kyle Quincey scored a power-play goal 2:39 into overtime, helping host Colorado rally from a three-goal deficit and beat slumping New York.
With the Avalanche on the advantage following a high-sticking penalty against goalie Al Montoya, Quincey sent a shot in from near the blue line.
Maple Leafs 3, Blues 2 - Phil Kessel scored the lone shootout goal for visiting Toronto, and Ben Scrivens stopped all three St. Louis shooters.
John-Michael Liles and Kessel scored first-period, power-play goals, and Scrivens made 37 saves for Toronto.
Panthers 5, Jets 2 - Kris Versteeg had three goals and an assist, and visiting Florida bolstered its already strong start with a victory over Winnipeg.
Canucks 3, Kings 2 - Sami Salo and Andrew Ebbett scored power-play goals in the opening minutes, and Roberto Luongo made 28 saves in Vancouver’s victory in Los Angeles.
Sharks 3, Wild 1 - Patrick Marleau scored two power-play goals in the second period, and San Jose snapped visiting Minnesota’s five-game win streak.