Brandon Saad returned to the United Center on Saturday night, leading a winless Columbus Blue Jackets into a matchup against a Blackhawks team that had struggled in their last couple games.
When the final horn sounded, Saad and his teammates left win a doughnut still showing in the win column.
Artem Anisimov, one of the players Chicago acquired in the trade sending Saad to Columbus, opened the scoring for the Hawks with his second of the year. Artemi Panarin showed great patience on the play and eventually found Anisimov, who buried the backhand shot for his second of the season.
Anisimov played a terrific game against his former teammates, winning 10 of 13 faceoffs with one hit and one blocked shot in 16:38. He saw time on both special teams and the Hawks’ second line got back to dominating almost every shift. Anisimov, Panarin and Patrick Kane combined for nine of Chicago’s 29 shots on net in the victory.
Panarin had two assists in the game.
Teuvo Teravainen was credited with the game-winning goal on the powerplay 65 seconds after Anisimov’s tally. Teravainen threw a shot to the front of the net that banked in off a Jackets skate for his second of the season.
Marian Hossa added the Hawks’ second power play goal of the night early in the third. It was Hossa’s first of the season and put the game out of reach for a defeated Jackets team that may be looking to make a coaching change soon. Hossa also picked up an assist for a multi-point effort.
Jack Johnson ended Corey Crawford’s shutout bid at 16:21, but the Hawks’ netminder made 21 saves in the win. Kane added an empty net goal for his fourth of the season later to put the final nail in the Columbus coffin.
In the final minute, tempers flared as the Jackets’ frustration boiled over. Vince Hinostroza, making his NHL debut, skated past the net as Curtis McElhinney made a save and the skaters came together in the corner. Dalton Prout and Hinostroza were assessed matching roughing penalties after a scrum that included Kerby Rychel and Trevor vanRiemsdyk dropping their gloves. Rychel, also making his NHL debut, started throwing punches and vanRiemsdyk obliged him with a few of his own. Both players were sent to the showers 50 seconds early with matching fighting majors.
Ryan Garbutt returned to the lineup and was credited with four hits in 12:01 in the game. Andrew Shaw led Chicago with five hits and two takeaways in the game. Jonathan Toews won 14 of 22 faceoffs and picked up an assist with one blocked shot, one hit and one takeaway.
Bryan Bickell was credited with three hits in 14:31.
The Hawks are now off until the Florida Panthers visit the United Center on Thursday.