Blackhawks Unload In Columbus, Win 6-1

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.

12 thoughts on “Blackhawks Unload In Columbus, Win 6-1

  • February 18, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Great game . I really like you article , tabb

    Go Hawks .

    Can Olson stay up ith Hawks ?

  • February 18, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Ps. Hayes deserves to play on Hawk .

  • February 18, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Hawks looked good after first 10 mins .

    Still need to mk trade but let’s keep th rooks up here … Olsen belongs .

  • February 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Good game,much needed release for the Hawks!If Saginaw takes an early exit thus making Saad an option come playoffs is he in?Curious about your thoughts Tab?I am of the thinking that he could be helpful,great upside to this guy,time will tell.

  • February 18, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Great game, let’s keep it rolling boys. One thing from this game that I didn’t miss was seeing Frolik on the ice… is it just me?

  • February 18, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Since Bickell is playing better I don’t miss Frolik.Frolik is about the only shot blocking forward though!He’ll be back as I doubt he gets moved and he may blend into a role player since he lost his offence?

  • February 18, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Crawford seemed extermely comfortable in net today. Great game all around. No lets see if they can keep it up against a better goaltender and a physical team in the Blues. GO HAWKS!!!

  • February 18, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I’ve been waiting for a trade for weeks now and at this point I have become indifferent!The no trade for Grossman is a good example.At the deadline is when you are most likely to get the better deal.I’m glad nothing is done out of desperation or panic!Chicago has alot of great assets and lets keep it that way.We can compete today without giving up tomorrow,Saad but true.

  • February 18, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    People can say what they want about John Scott as a hockey player but as a guy who can keep other teams honest he is worth his weight in gold. I hope to see Scott on this rosterfor awhile. Hopefuly he can improve his game but against a team like St. Louis he needs to be dressed and out there.

  • February 18, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    I agree with keeping Scott on the Roster for occasional use. He adds something to the team. I also liked the way he tried to avoid the penalty against New York and today against the Jackets. If teams try to get too physical with us they know they will have to deal with him and it seems they would rather not. The pip squeek today for the Jackets had some guts, but he was so overmatched it was humorous. I heard someone on WGN today say he thought the hawks would try to acquire Campoli.

  • February 18, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Who won the Hawks vs Leafs tickets? I got the question correct.

  • February 19, 2012 at 10:03 am

    John Scott should be playing more as we head down the home stretch. Opposing teams lose their physical swagger when Big John is lurking. Look at the Rangers game. Rupp wanted no part of Scotty. I was at the game and even the Ranger fans sitting around said Rupper better be really ready if he is gonna drop em against Scott. Pity we didn’t get that one fight card, wasn’t it? Scott was daring anyone on the Rangers to bring it if they want. He just swatted them away like flies. John is a better skater this year. Much better than last year. I think we are stronger with him suited up, especially against teams like St. Louis. Let’s keep up the good starts and bring our A game today. Go Hawks!

    By the way the atmosphere at MSG Thursday was simply electric. Four goals in the first 10 minutes. A dream start against one of the hottest teams in the league. Many more vocal Hawks fans than I would have imagined. Ranger fans though were cool, and they respect the Hawks and us fans. It was a special night I won’t forget.

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