Hockey bettors who backed the Blackhawks on the moneyline Saturday didn’t have to sweat out a close game, as Chicago easily handled Columbus 6-1 at Nationwide Arena.
The Blackhawks were a -156 favorite in the win. The combined score went OVER the total, which closed at 5.5.
Chicago got goals from Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews, Sami Lepisto, Patrick Kane, Viktor Stalberg, and Marcus Kruger in the victory. Toews opened the scoring at 12:27 of the first period.
Corey Crawford turned in a 33-save effort for the Blackhawks.
Derick Brassard scored for the Blue Jackets, finding the net behind Corey Crawford.
Steve Mason stopped 16 of 20 shots for the Blue Jackets, but it wasn't enough to earn the victory.
On the power play, Chicago went 0-for-2, while the Blue Jackets were 0-for-1 with the man advantage.
Chicago lost the shots on goal battle to Columbus by a margin of 34-28.
Next game, Chicago takes its act home to face St. Louis looking for another win. For Columbus, they head on the road to face New York.