National Hockey League
Columbus 6, Chicago 5
When: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, February 11, 2021
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Referees: Frederick L'Ecuyer, Peter MacDougall
Linesmen: Bryan Pancich, Pierre Racicot
Attendance: N/A

Kevin Stenlund scored the game-winning goal with 74 seconds remaining in regulation in a two-point night as the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets claimed a 6-5 comeback victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.

Cam Atkinson collected one goal and three assists for the Blue Jackets.

With overtime looming, Stenlund collected his second goal of the season for the Blue Jackets, who erased a two-goal third-period deficit and received a 21-save performance from goalie Joonas Korpisalo in a roller-coaster affair.

Atkinson gave the Blue Jackets first blood in the middle of the first period. After a turnover, he gained the puck just inside the offensive blueline and ripped a shot home from the high slot for his third short-handed goal of the season and the franchise-record 15th of his career.

However, the host Blackhawks scored three straight, starting with a pair of first career goals 56 seconds apart.

Ian Mitchell tied the game 21 seconds into the second period by finishing a tap-in play set up by David Kampf. Then, Nicolas Beaudin pounced on a puck that bounded off the end boards and tucked it in the net for his first goal. It's the first time in Blackhawks history a pair of rookie defensemen have netted their first career NHL goals in the same game.

Pius Suter added more rookie offense with his sixth of the season when he had a tap-in set up by Patrick Kane at the 13:30 mark, but Jack Roslovic netted his first of the night with 2:00 left in the period, a one-timer from the top of the right circle.

The Blackhawks appeared to have the game in hand when Kane whipped into the net a shot from the right circle 29 seconds into the third period, but the Blue Jackets roared back.

Boone Jenner made it a one-goal deficit with a rebound goal at 6:39 of the third period, and then Roslovic collected his second goal of the game 80 seconds later, a sharp-angled shot that found the mark after Atkinson had a shot attempt blocked.

Alex DeBrincat restored Chicago's lead by converting a cross-ice pass from Kane with 6:55 remaining in regulation -- which gave them both a three-point game -- but Michael Del Zotto tied the game when he blasted a rebound chance with 2:41 left on the clock.

Kevin Lankinen made 37 saves for the Blackhawks, who saw a three-game winning streak snapped.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Columbus   Chicago
Cam Atkinson 4 Points Alex DeBrincat 3
Jack Roslovic 2 Goals Alex DeBrincat 1
Cam Atkinson 3 Assists Alex DeBrincat 2
Jack Roslovic 1 Power Play Goals Patrick Kane 1
Cam Atkinson 1 Short Handed Goals N/A
Joonas Korpisalo .808 Save Percentage Kevin Lankinen .860
Joonas Korpisalo 21 Saves Kevin Lankinen 37
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Columbus 43 6 2-3 1-2 4 26
Chicago 26 5 1-2 1-3 6 29
Upcoming Games
  • Chicago will play their next game at home against Columbus. The Blackhawks have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .375 after a loss.
  • Columbus will play their next game on the road against Chicago. The Blue Jackets have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .625 after a loss.