How it happened: Shootout goals by Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane and two stops by goaltender Corey Crawford gave the Blackhawks the shootout win. Kane also set up the Blackhawks' goal. He delivered a pass through traffic to Johnny Oduya, and Oduya scored with a shot to the top shelf to put the Blackhawks ahead 1-0 in the second period. The Blue Jackets responded later in the period with a power-play goal by Jack Johnson. Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky made a number of highly difficult saves and finished with 39 saves. Crawford was strong, too. He made 29 saves and improved to 12-2-3 on the season.
Player of the game: Kane provided another highlight shootout goal and dished out the assist on Oduya's goal. It was Kane’s 400th career point.
What it means: The Blackhawks had three days off since their last game and bounced back after two consecutive regulation losses. The Blackhawks are now 22-2-3 with an NHL-best 47 points. Thursday's victory marked the fourth one-goal win the Blackhawks have had over the Blue Jackets this season. Columbus is 5-0-4 in its past nine games.
What's next: The Blackhawks' four-game trip continues with a visit to the Dallas Stars on Saturday. The Blackhawks defeated the Stars 3-2 in overtime in Dallas on Jan. 24.