Hartman leads Blackhawks, Blue Jackets edge to win

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A Ryan Hartman hat-trick helped the Chicago Blackhawks extend their streak as the Columbus Blue Jackets returned to winning ways.

Hartman scored three third-period goals as the Blackhawks finished strongly to beat the Nashville Predators 5-2 in the NHL on Sunday.

The Blue Jackets snapped a two-game skid, edging the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 after overtime.

Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Penguins returned to action with a win.

 

HAT-TRICK HERO HARTMAN

The Blackhawks went ahead twice through Artemi Panarin and Niklas Hjalmarsson, but Mattias Ekholm and Austin Watson had the Predators level.

Hartman took over from midway in the third period, scoring the final three goals of the game.

Blackhawks star Patrick Kane had three assists in his team's third straight win.

 

BLUE JACKETS EDGE TO WIN

The Blue Jackets were without a victory since their incredible 16-game winning streak was ended.

However, Nick Foligno changed that with his goal two minutes, 33 seconds into overtime.

Columbus had given up an earlier lead which David Savard's goal helped them take, when Brayden Schenn tied the game with 17 seconds left.

 

PENGUINS RESUME

Playing their first game since December 31, the Penguins recorded a 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Goals from Conor Sheary, Eric Fehr, Chris Kunitz, Scott Wilson, Phil Kessel and Kris Letang saw the Penguins claim a fifth straight win.

 

PANARIN STRIKES

HURRICANES NEED OT

The Carolina Hurricanes needed OT to get past the Boston Bruins 4-3 and the Ottawa Senators had a 5-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

The Minnesota Wild held on for a 2-1 victory against the Anaheim Ducks.

 

CANADIENS HOST CAPITALS

The Washington Capitals (25-9-5) are at the Montreal Canadiens (25-9-6) in a huge clash on Monday.