NHL Hockey

Final 1 2 3 OT Tot
Columbus 0 1 1 0 2
Chicago 1 0 1 1 3
5:30 PM PT6:30 PM MT7:30 PM CT8:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)20:30 ET21:30 BRT, October 18, 2019
United Center, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 21,518

Blackhawks bid to ride momentum of 1st win vs. Jackets

Columbus Blue Jackets at Chicago Blackhawks

  1. These teams split two meetings last season with each winning on the road. Chicago is 17-4-2 in the last 23 matchups, winning nine of the last 11 at home. Patrick Kane had three goals and two assists last season against Columbus as part of a five-game point streak in the series (4 goals, 7 assists).
  2. The Blue Jackets won their second straight by a 3-2 score Wednesday, getting 30 saves from Joonas Korpisalo in a victory over struggling Dallas. Since allowing 11 goals in their first two games, the Jackets have surrendered nine in their past four contests, with Korpisalo posting a 2.25 goals-against average.
  3. Chicago earned its first win of the season, 3-1 over the Oilers on Monday. It was the league-low fourth game (Rangers also have played four games) for the Blackhawks, who will play seven times over the next 12 days. With three points in its first four games, Chicago is off to its worst start since the 2005-06 season (1-3-0).
  4. Jonathan Toews has managed just one point in the first four games, tied for the lowest total of his career (2008, 2009 and 2016). He has no goals through four games for the fifth time in his 13-year career. The longest goalless drought of his career to open a season was 12 games in 2008-09.
  5. Zach Werenski scored his 40th career goal in the win over Dallas, tying him for second with David Savard and leaving him one behind Rostislav Klesla for the most by a defenseman in Blue Jackets' history.
  6. Alex DeBrincat scored his 70th career goal in the season-opening loss to the Flyers. He reached that total in his 165th career game, the fastest of any Blackhawk since 1989-90. Toews took 180 games and Kane needed 221.

Fresh off their first victory of the season, the Chicago Blackhawks continue a seven-game homestand when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.

Chicago, which opened the season with a 4-3 loss to Philadelphia on Oct. 4 in the NHL Global Series in Prague, Czech Republic, followed that up with one-goal losses to San Jose (5-4) and Winnipeg (3-2 in OT) in the Windy City. The team finally picked up its first win of the season on Monday night, a 3-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

Patrick Kane, Alexander Nylander and Brandon Saad each scored a goal and Corey Crawford stopped 27 of the 28 shots he faced as the Blackhawks snapped the Oilers' five-game winning streak. Chicago was playing in front of its 500th consecutive sellout crowd at the United Center.

"It's a nice challenge for sure if someone is coming in undefeated or on a streak," said Crawford, who also stopped a breakaway by Leon Draisaitl.

"It was just nice to get that first one and try and build off that. We played really well. I think everyone was going. Guys were coming back to help out defensively and (it was) a good team effort."

"We did a lot of winning things," Chicago coach Jeremy Colliton said. "We were clean with the puck. I thought our support, we really found a way to get available. We were heavy on the puck. So, a lot of 50-50 situations where we were under pressure, we didn't allow ourselves to get stripped, we just kept moving it ahead. We won the lines. We got deep. We charged in the offensive zone multiple times. We had great forecheck pressure. We had great back pressure.

"All of these things are just little ingredients, but when you do them shift in and shift out you really build momentum."

Columbus comes in off back-to-back 3-2 wins over Carolina and Dallas. Joonas Korpisalo had 30 saves in Wednesday's victory over the Stars but it was Sonny Milano's highlight-reel goal midway through the third period that was the hot topic afterward.

Milano broke in on the left side of the zone, split a pair of Dallas defenders and then unleashed a between-the-legs snap shot that beat Ben Bishop on the far side.

"It was the best angle to get on net and it went in," a modest Milano said with a smile. "I was thinking backhand but (decided to go) through the legs."

Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella was watching a replay in the media room during his postgame press conference when he was asked his opinion of the goal.

"Well, it's just ... look at it," Tortorella said. "I'm watching it right now. It's ridiculous."

Korpisalo told the Columbus Dispatch that he wasn't surprised by Milano's goal after facing him in practice.

"He's really good at that stuff, you know," Korpisalo said. "He's really crafty sometimes. I have no idea what he's doing and then he pulls off something like that. I was like, 'No way.' Top shelf. I was like, 'Wow.' "

--Field Level Media

Updated October 17, 2019

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