After painting masterpieces in their first four games, the Blackhawks broke out the crayons as they went in search of some history.
Their 3-2 victory Saturday night over the struggling Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena wasn't very picturesque, but nevertheless the Hawks matched the franchise record for victories to start a season as they improved to 5-0-0.
"It definitely wasn't our best game but we're going to have nights when maybe we're not clicking like we have been," said Jonathan Toews, who scored the game-winner early in the third period. "We got caught flat-footed a few times. It doesn't matter who we're playing, we have to be better prepared than that.
"We knew they were going to come hard in the first period and we didn't come out well in the first 10 minutes … (but) we found a way to win."
The Hawks equaled the 1971-72 club's mark as Dave Bolland and Bryan Bickell also scored. Patrick Kane added two assists as the Hawks concluded a two-game trip and are now 4-0-0 away from home.
It's the mark of a good team when it can win on off nights, and that's what the Hawks proved as they came out sluggish and remained that way through much of the night. If not for goalie Corey Crawford's solid effort the Hawks would not be looking for victory No. 6 when they face the Red Wings on Sunday night at the United Center.
"Finding ways to win is important," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "You're not going to be great or your best every night. You have to commend Columbus. They were the harder-working team than us but (we got) key saves. Crawford was really big for us."
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