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NHL: Chicago 5, Columbus 1

March 20, 2012 at 9:58 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 20 (UPI) -- Patrick Sharp scored twice Tuesday and the Chicago Blackhawks claimed their fourth straight win with a 5-1 spanking of Columbus.

Marian Hossa and Andrew Shaw each chipped in with a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who used the victory to pull within two points of Detroit for sixth place in the Western Conference.

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Duncan Keith racked up four assists and Corey Crawford turned aside 24 shots for Chicago.

Rick Nash scored for the last-place Blue Jackets, who fell for the fifth time in six contests.

Columbus goalie Steve Mason yielded five goals on 27 shots.

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