Hawks lose to Jackets again, now five pts behind Sharks


Jakub Voracek had two goals and an assist, and Steve Mason made 33 saves to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-2 win over the slumping Blackhawks on Sunday night.Andrew Murray and Mike Commodore also scored for Columbus, which defeated the Hawks for the second time in four days. The Blackhawks are 2-4-2 in their last eight and now trail San Jose by five points for the #1 seed in the West.Dave Bolland and Patrick Sharp scored against Mason, who made several timely close-in stops and was supported by tight-checking play. Antti Niemi started for the fourth time in five games for the Black Hawks and made 16 saves.Derick Brassard and R.J. Umberger each had two assists for the Blue Jackets.Bolland was credited with the goal that opened the scoring at 8:58 of the first. Mason stopped Brent Seabrook’s shot from the right point, and Bolland failed to tap in the rebound from the side of the net. Columbus’ Antoine Vermette swept in the crease and tried to clear the puck, but inadvertently knocked it into the net.Murray tied it at 1 just under two minutes later during a delayed penalty call when he stuffed in a loose puck from a scrum in the crease.The Blue Jackets scored twice late in the second period to take a 3-1 lead.Voracek knocked a loose puck into a wide-open net with 6:35 left in the second to make it 2-1. After Niemi blocked Brassard’s from the right circle and dropped to the ice, Voracek pounced on the rebound from the left edge of the crease.Commodore extended it to 3-1, scoring on a shot from the point with 6.3 seconds left in the period while Voracek was screening Niemi.Sharp cut it to 3-2 with 3:13 left in the third when he scored on a short-handed breakaway. The goal set off a late Hawk offensive flurry, but Voracek scored into an empty net with eight seconds remaining.

NOTES—Kim Johnsson missed his seventh game with a concussion. … Nick Boynton was a healthy scratch for the first time in six games since being recalled from Rockford of the AHL on March 16….The Hawks next three games are all on the road.