- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 5, 2009

COLUMBUS, OHIO (AP) - Kris Versteeg beat fellow rookie star Steve Mason on a breakaway at 3:10 of overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night.

Versteeg ended it with his 22nd goal of the season moments after Chicago’s Nikolai Khabibulin stopped Kris Russell on a breakaway. Khabibulin made 20 saves for his second shutout of the season. Mason stopped 24 shots for the Blue Jackets.

A day after clinching a playoff spot for the first time in seven years, the Blackhawks ran their winning streak to three and snapped a season-high five-game road losing streak. Chicago also moved three points ahead of Vancouver _ which faced Colorado later Sunday _ for the fourth seed and home ice in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.


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