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Blue Jackets Hold off Blackhawks 4-3
CHICAGO (AP) -- Antoine Vermette, Derek MacKenzie and Anton Stralman scored in a span of 5:54 in the second period and the Columbus Blue Jackets held on for a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night.

Matt Calvert added a goal and an assist for Columbus, which improved to 6-1-1 in its last eight and has climbed back into the congested Western Conference playoff race.

Patrick Sharp had two goals and assisted on a score by Patrick Kane as the Blackhawks' top line _ along with Jonathan Toews _ accounted for all of Chicago's offense. Kane and Toews both had two assists.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville missed his second straight game after being hospitalized on Wednesday morning with gastrointestinal bleeding caused by an ulcer.

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