COLUMBUS—The Columbus Blue Jackets had to come from behind twice Saturday night to stay in the thick of the Eastern Conference wild-card race.Josh Anderson scored in the third period and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 31 shots to lift the up-and-down Blue Jackets to a 3-2 win over the inconsistent Blackhawks in front of a sellout crowd at Nationwide Arena.Pierre-Luc Dubois had a goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets, who had lost four of five. Cam Atkinson also scored.David Kampf and Tomas Jurco scored for the last-place Hawks in the second leg of a back-to-back. Rookie Anton Forsberg had 26 saves against his former team.The Blackhawks had won two in a row and three of four.The Hawks jumped in front when Kampf redirected a shot from Ryan Hartman for his third goal just 1:28 into the game. But Columbus tied with 2:08 left in the period when Atkinson sent a power-play shot from the top of the right circle over the shoulder of Forsberg, who was screened by Columbus’ Alexander Wennberg.The teams exchanged goals again in the second. The Blackhawks probably should have had more, with Vinnie Hinostroza hitting the post twice and the team failing to capitalize on a pair of power plays.Jurco got his first goal of the season at 9:20 with a wrist shot from the slot.
”We were sitting in a good spot, 2-1 there in the second,” Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane said. ”Those are the games you have to find ways to least get points. It’s been kind of a season where we’ve struggled to do that.”
Columbus tied it again at 14:30 when former Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin picked off a Hawk pass in the neutral zone and carried it all the way back, delivering a perfect cross-ice pass for Dubois to shovel in.Anderson got the game-winner 11:14 into the third when he carried the puck down the left side, pulled up in the circle and slammed it past Forsberg.Bobrovsky shut down the Blackhawks from there.