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Blackhawks break out

Blackhawks 2 3 1 6
at Blue Jackets 1 0 2 3
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jonathan Toews had two goals and an assist, and the Blackhawks' struggling power play scored twice in a 6-3 victory over the stumbling Blue Jackets on Thursday night.

The Blackhawks broke a three-game losing streak with their highest-scoring game of the season.

Andrew Brunette, Steve Montador, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa also had goals for Chicago, which lost 3-0 at St. Louis on Tuesday. Montador added an assist, and Nick Leddy and Brent Seabrook both had two assists. Corey Crawford made 27 saves.

The Blue Jackets fell to 2-12-1, by far the worst record in the NHL. They have lost three in a row and been outscored 19-6.

Grant Clitsome had a career-best two goals, and acquired Mark Letestu, acquired this week in a trade with the Penguins, also scored for the Blue Jackets. Captain Rick Nash earned his 500th NHL point by assisting on Letestu's goal. Fedor Tyutin had two assists.

Chicago entered last in the league on the power play, having converted 5 of 57 opportunities. But the Blackhawks scored on two of their three advantages to get out of their rut against the Blue Jackets, among the worst in the league on the penalty kill.

Toews scored twice in the first period, the second on the Blackhawks' first power play. He sent on a soft shot from the left circle on net that somehow eluded goalie Steve Mason.

Brunette opened the second period with another power-play goal at 1:25.

Montador then converted Duncan Keith's pass from the corner while unchecked in the slot. Kane made it 5-1 when he took an errant pass from Columbus' Vinny Prospal, skated in alone on Mason, deked and scored on the backhand.

Hossa scored over a sprawling Mason 32 seconds into the third period.

Clitsome's shot from the left point had tied it at 1. After Letestu scored off Nash's nifty feed from behind the net, Clitsome netted his second with a one-timer.

Rumors have swirled recently that the jobs of Blue Jackets second-year coach Scott Arniel and general manager Scott Howson are in jeopardy, or that Columbus would pull off a big trade to shake up the team.

An announced crowd of 15,048 — it appeared to be closer to half of that — booed loudly when the Blackhawks pulled away in the second period.

game highlights: The host Bruins won their fourth straight, 6-3 over the Oilers, to hit .500 (7-7) for the first time since they were 1-1.

all-star ballot: Vinny Lecavalier, Marty St. Louis and Steven Stamkos are the Lightning's representatives on the ballot for the Jan. 29 game in Ottawa. They are among 127 players on the ballot for fan voting, which begins Monday at NHL.com, via text message (text a player's last name to the 81812) and through mobile devices, including phones and iPads. Voting ends Jan. 4. The top six vote-getters by position — three forwards, two defensemen and a goalie — get spots in the game.

Around the league: Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, who has missed five games with post-concussion syndrome, said chances were pretty good he would return tonight against the Sabres. … Bruins forward Daniel Paille was improving after Wednesday surgery to repair a broken nose and facial cuts from getting hit by a puck Monday against the Islanders, coach Claude Julien said. He is day-to-day.

Blackhawks 2 3 1 6
at Blue Jackets 1 0 2 3

First Period1, Chicago, J.Toews 6 (Stalberg, Seabrook), 6:54. 2, Columbus, Clitsome 2 (Brassard, Prospal), 9:47 (pp). 3, Chicago, J.Toews 7 (Leddy), 17:09. PenaltiesWisniewski, Clm (hooking), 3:20; Montador, Chi, major (fighting), 8:23; Dorsett, Clm, major (fighting), 8:23; Stalberg, Chi (hooking), 9:35; Boll, Clm (roughing), 19:43.

Second Period4, Chicago, Brunette 3 (Kruger, Montador), 1:25 (pp). 5, Chicago, Montador 1 (Keith, Leddy), 9:07 (pp). 6, Chicago, Kane 5 (Carcillo, Hjalmarsson), 18:54. PenaltiesClitsome, Clm (slashing), 8:25; Carcillo, Chi (high-sticking), 9:29; Bickell, Chi (tripping), 11:46.

Third Period7, Chicago, Hossa 8 (J.Toews, Seabrook), :32. 8, Columbus, Letestu 1 (Nash, Tyutin), 2:20 (pp). 9, Columbus, Clitsome 3 (Prospal, Tyutin), 16:14. PenaltiesScott, Chi (hooking), 1:21; Olesz, Chi (hooking), 9:40. Shots on GoalChicago 16-14-6—36. Columbus 5-14-11—30. Power-play opportunitiesChicago 2 of 3; Columbus 2 of 5. GoaliesChicago, Crawford 7-4-2 (30 shots-27 saves). Columbus, Mason 2-11-1 (36-30).

at Bruins 2 2 2 6
Oilers 2 0 1 3

First Period1, Boston, Boychuk 2 (Krejci, Horton), 7:11. 2, Boston, Caron 1 (Hamill), 8:55. 3, Edmonton, Smyth 8 (Peckham, Hemsky), 12:02. 4, Edmonton, Nugent-Hopkins 7 (Hall), 12:31. PenaltiesPeckham, Edm (roughing), 18:17.

Second Period5, Boston, Marchand 3 (Corvo, Seguin), 3:50 (pp). 6, Boston, Seguin 9 (Corvo), 6:24. PenaltiesPetry, Edm (hooking), 2:09; Thornton, Bos (hooking), 9:29; Eberle, Edm (interference), 16:48.

Third Period7, Edmonton, Smyth 9 (Belanger, Hemsky), 15:18 (pp). 8, Boston, Lucic 8 (Corvo, Horton), 17:13 (pp). 9, Boston, Marchand 4, 17:57. PenaltiesPotter, Edm (high-sticking), 1:05; Seidenberg, Bos (hooking), 2:08; Campbell, Bos (hooking), 6:15; Bergeron, Bos (high-sticking), 13:25; Barker, Edm (interference), 16:56; Kelly, Bos (holding), 18:42. Shots on GoalEdmonton 12-5-13—30. Boston 13-9-6—28. Power-play opportunitiesEdmonton 1 of 5; Boston 2 of 5. GoaliesEdmonton, Dubnyk 2-4-0 (28 shots-22 saves). Boston, Rask 2-3-0 (30-27).

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