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Stalberg’s Hat Trick Lifts Blackhawks Over Jackets

Viktor Stalberg #25 of the Chicago Blackhawks shoots the puck next to Anze Kopitar #11 of the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center on December 28, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Viktor Stalberg #25 of the Chicago Blackhawks shoots the puck next to Anze Kopitar #11 of the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center on December 28, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (AP) — Viktor Stalberg scored three goals for his first NHL hat trick and the Chicago Blackhawks beat Columbus 5-2 on Tuesday night to end a season-high four-game losing streak and spoil the debut of interim Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards.

Dave Bolland and rookie Ben Smith also scored for Chicago.

R.J. Umberger and Antoine Vermette had goals for Columbus, which lost its second straight and is 2-9-1 in its last 12.

Richards replaced Scott Arniel, who was fired on Monday. The Blue Jackets are 11-26-5, the worst record in the NHL and their worst start since entering the league in 2000-01.

Corey Crawford made 32 saves for Chicago and Stalberg snapped a six-game streak without a point.

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