Sami Lepisto scored his first goal with the Blackhawks, John Scott hammered Derek Dorsett and Viktor Stalberg continued to light up the Blue Jackets in a much-needed blowout victory for Chicago.
Lepisto had an ugly turnover early in the first period that led to him sitting for 30 minutes, until the Hawks were up 5-1 and the Jackets had switched goalies. But his first shift back on the ice resulted in a goal.
Scott wasn’t the only Blackhawks player to fight. Rookie Jimmy Hayes showed veteran savvy by stepping up and fighting Derek MacKenzie after MacKenzie had run at Dylan Olsen earlier in his shift. One rookie stepping up and dropping the gloves is impressive, and Hayes handled his business against the veteran.
Olsen did have a really bad shift that included a couple ugly turnovers in the second period, but his overall performance was solid again. He was credited with one hit blocked shot, two hits, one takeaway and his first NHL assists in the game while posting a plus-three in the game.
Just as they did in New York, the stars showed up to play on Saturday. Patrick Kane had a pretty goal and gorgeous assist when the wheels were coming off for Columbus. Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews had three-point games, each scoring a goal and adding two assists. Marian Hossa had one assists, and Duncan Keith filled the box score with an assist, two blocked shots and was plus-four on the game.
The Hawks sixth Blackhawks goal was scored by rookie Marcus Kruger. Bryan Bickell was credited with an assist and played well for the second game in a row as well.
Corey Crawford had an excellent game, allowing just the one goal against 34 shots in the game.