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Columbus Blue Jackets
CHICAGO (AP) -- Viktor Stalberg scored three goals for his first NHL hat trick and the Chicago Blackhawks beat Columbus 5-2 on Tuesday night to end a season-high four-game losing streak and spoil the debut of interim Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards.
Dave Bolland and rookie Ben Smith also scored for Chicago.
R.J. Umberger and Antoine Vermette had goals for Columbus, which lost its second straight and is 2-9-1 in its last 12.
Richards replaced Scott Arniel, who was fired on Monday. The Blue Jackets are 11-26-5, the worst record in the NHL and their worst start since entering the league in 2000-01.
Corey Crawford made 32 saves for Chicago and Stalberg snapped a six-game streak without a point.
Smith was recalled from Rockford of the AHL on Monday to replace injured star forward Patrick Sharp, who broke his left wrist in a 3-2 loss to Detroit on Sunday shortly after scoring his 20th goal.
Blue Jackets goalie Curtis Sanford stopped 20 shots.
Injury-depleted Columbus played without center Jeff Carter and defenseman James Wisniewski, both key offseason acquisitions.
Carter, sidelined for 10 games earlier this season, separated his shoulder in a 7-4 loss at Anaheim on Sunday. Wisniewski missed his fifth game with an injured left ankle and is expected to miss several more weeks.
Neither team sustained offensive pressure in the scoreless first, although Crawford and Sanford each made a couple of close-in saves.
Marian Hossa set up Bolland's short-handed goal at 4:12 of the second to open the scoring.
Hossa stole the puck from Columbus defenseman Nikita Nikitin at center ice, then drove down the right wing boards. He dished to Bolland in the slot, who beat Sanford with a stickhandling move and a shot that clanked in off the right post.
Umberger tied it at 1 on a rebound from the edge of the crease at 7:54 after Crawford stopped David Savard's shot from the point.
Stalberg made it 2-1 with 4:31 left in the second. After getting open in the slot, he took Patrick Kane's feed from behind the net and beat Sanford with a low shot.
Stalberg's second goal, scored during a delayed penalty call at 6:32 of the third, made it 3-1. He flipped a rebound over Sanford's shoulder after Sanford had blocked Brent Seabrook's drive from the blue line.
Smith extended it to 4-1 just 27 seconds later when he drove down the left wing against Columbus defenseman Marc Methot and backhanded a rising shot over Sanford's shoulder.
Vermette cut it to 4-2 at 8:32 following a scramble in front of the Chicago net. He slid in a shot just beyond Crawford's outstretched right pad.
Stalberg completed the scoring on an empty-net goal with 1:40 left to finish his hat trick.
NOTES: Richards coached the Minnesota Wild from 2009-11, compiling a 77-71-16 record. . Chicago captain Jonathan Toews went to the dressing room after being struck in the helmet with a deflected shot early in the first, but returned midway through the period. . Chicago LW Daniel Carcillo sat out his fourth game of a seven-game suspension. . Blackhawks C Markus Kruger missed his seventh game with a concussion. . Columbus C Mark Letestu (hand) missed his third game and was placed on IR. LW Tomas Kubalik was recalled from Springfield of the AHL to take his place.
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I won't (because I can't) go into a lengthy preview on tonight's game, beyond saying this: I would not expect huge changes in Columbus, beyond a more plodding, trap-like approach that new head coach Todd Richards, formerly head coach of the Wild, could be going to.
Interestingly, I'm not sure Richards will have the same energizing effect that Ken Hitchcock and...
Wish former Wild head coach Todd Richards the
best of luck.
Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson;
Interim Head Coach Todd Richards;
I think on This Day today a coaching debut would be perfect considering the six degrees of Columbus as Todd Richards makes his debut tonight. As we all know, this is a business and there is always a winner and a loser. That is why today we went with another coach who debuted on this day just 15 years ago. This coach won a Stanley Cup and has made a few stops on the NHL Coaching...
The Columbus Blue Jackets fired coach Scott Arniel on Monday.
Assistant Todd Richards will lead the struggling team on an interim basis for the remainder of the season.
Columbus dropped to 11-25-5 on the season after being felled by reigning Hart Trophy recipient Corey Perry's hat trick on Sunday. The Anaheim Ducks skated to a 7-4 triumph to keep Columbus in the basement of...
Wish former Wild head coach Todd Richards the best of luck.
The day he was appointed the interim head coach of the Blue Jackets, Todd Richards said he would compile a “to-do” list on the flight to Chicago.
It turns out toda...
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have relieved Head Coach Scott Arniel of his duties behind the bench and named Assistant Coach Todd Richards as the club&rsqu...
The Columbus Blue Jackets have fired head coach Scott Arniel and replaced him with assistant coach Todd Richards on an interim basis for the remainder of the season.
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Viktor Stalberg scored three goals for his first NHL hat trick and the Chicago Blackhawks beat Columbus 5-2 on Tuesday night to end a season-high four-game losing streak and spoil the debut of interim Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards. Dave Bolland and rookie Ben Smith also scored for Chicago. R.J. Umberger and Antoine Vermette had goals for Columbus, which lost its second straight...
Concussions and turbulence in coaching ranks have been the biggest stories in the first half. Columbus replaced Coach Scott Arniel with Todd Richards on Monday.Concussions and turbulence in coaching ranks have been the biggest stories in the first half. Columbus replaced Coach Scott Arniel with Todd Richards on Monday.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers, Blue Jackets winger R.J. Umberger is out indefinitely with “concussion-like symptoms,” interim coach Todd Richards said. Umberger played on Tuesday in Chicago, but the symptoms are believed to be the result of the elbow-to-the-head blow delivered by Anaheim’s J-F Jacques on Sunday.
Umberger left practice early today and was examined by...