Blue Jackets shut out in another loss to Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks, 1-0

Jacob Myers, The Columbus Dispatch on

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The game was there to take.

Patrick Kane — again — did just that against the Blue Jackets. He took it.

Nearing the halfway point of the third period without any scoring, one of the top offensive players in the league continued his destruction of the Jackets with a snapshot from the right circle.

Perfectly placed inside the left post, Kane scored the game-winning goal and the Jackets (8-8-5, 21 pts.) lost to the Chicago Blackhawks (11-6-4, 24 pts.) for a second straight night, 2-0, at Nationwide Arena on Thursday night.

Carl Soderberg scored an empty-net goal with 50 seconds left in the game.

The second leg of the first home series against the Blackhawks was the opposite of the barnburner that ended in a shootout loss on Tuesday. The Jackets started with control of the game but faded in the second period and just allowed the Blackhawks to hang around long enough for Kane to conjure up some heroics.

The scoring play began with a pass from Calvin de Haan deep in Chicago’s zone. The puck hit a skate of a Jackets defender near the opposite blue line. Kane skated onto it and Michael Del Zotto provided little pressure on the puck before Kane beat goaltender Joonas Korpisalo at 8:45 in the final period.

Kane now has a scoring line of 4-9-13 in six games this season against the Jackets.

The Jackets played freer and faster in the first period compared to tense, disastrous first period two nights ago against the Blackhawks.


There were no noticeable defensive breakdowns, and the Jackets held the advantage in offensive zone time with 18 shot attempts to the Blackhawks six attempts. Patrik Laine hit the post less than two minutes into the game and was robbed by goaltender Malcolm Subban later in the period on the power play.

The best chance the Jackets had in the first 20 minutes came off a nifty pass from defenseman Zach Werenski, who was playing his first game since Feb. 13. Werenski got the puck near the blue line with 12:25 left in the period and fired a diagonal pass to Seth Jones whose shot from the low right faceoff circle was stopped.

The next period leaned in favor of the Blackhawks.

The offense struggled to connect passes and put any pressure on Subban, registering just three shots in the period, but Eric Robinson is likely kicking himself for not finishing the best chance of the game to that point.

With 4:44 left in the period, center Kevin Stenlund won a puck battle on the right wall then fired a shot toward Subban. The rebound flew off Subban’s pad into the slot where Robinson approached. Robinson, with a wide-open net and Subban diving across the crease, hit the left post.

Before Kane’s game-winner, the Jackets had a flurry of chances at the end of its second power play of the night. After Subban’s initial save on a shot from Boone Jenner, Stenlund was denied multiple times at the front of the crease.

The current state of frustration could be seen in Jack Roslovic exiting the ice after the empty-netter shattering his stick on the boards near the Jackets bench.

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