Series (Game 1 of 2)

Chicago leads 2-0

Game 1: Friday, September 22nd
Blue Jackets2
Game 2: Saturday, September 23rd
Blue Jackets2Final

Blackhawks 5

(3-0-0, 6 pts)

Blue Jackets 2

(2-2-0, 4 pts)

7:00 PM ET, September 22, 2006

Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

1 2 3 T
CHI 1 2 25
CBJ 0 2 02

Chicago 5, Columbus 2

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Patrick Sharp and Jim Vandermeer both scored twice as the Chicago Blackhawks had three power-play goals to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 in a preseason game Friday night.

Tony Salmelainen also scored for Chicago (3-0) and Corey Crawford made 33 saves. Geoff Platt and Duvie Westcott scored for Columbus (2-2). Ty Conklin stopped 23 shots.

Sharp started the scoring, converting a cross-ice pass from Mikael Holmqvist during a power play at 7:53 of the first period.

Columbus responded in the second period when Platt snapped home a goal from in close. Westcott made it 2-1 with slap shot from the right circle during a power play at 9:06.

Chicago answered with two goals in 2:07 late in the second.

Vandermeer beat Conklin with a slap shot from the point at 15:12 on a power play. With a two-man advantage, Chicago worked the puck down low to Sharp, who beat Conklin at 17:19 to make it 3-2.

Vandermeer beat Conklin with a low shot at 10:40 of the third period and Salmelainen closed the scoring with a long shot at 18:05.

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