Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) and Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson (7) defend against Chicago Blackhawks center Dennis Rasmussen (70) during the third period at the United Center. © Reuters
The Chicago Blackhawks have defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 to edge closer to the Central Division title.
Artemi Panarin scored for the Blackhawks in the opening minute but Nick Foligno leveled the match 17 minutes into the first period.
Within a few seconds later Marian Hossa netted the puck for the host.
Panarin got a power-play goal at the end of the final period for the Blackhawks to take the 3-1 victory.
The Chicago Blackhawks will entertain Boston Bruins on Sunday while the Columbus Blue Jackets will welcome Washington Capitals.
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