Canucks 3, Blue Jackets 2
Already down a goal to the Blue Jackets in the third period, the
Vancouver Canucks badly needed a stop on a penalty shot from
goaltender Cory Schneider.
They got it – and the game-turning momentum.
Cody Hodgson tied the game just a minute later and Alexandre
Burrows scored on a power play to turn a potential loss into a 3-2
victory on Monday night that gave Columbus its first 0-3 start to a
season in franchise history.
”Schneids was good,” Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said.
”He kept us in it. He made a big save on that penalty shot. It
gave us a chance to come back and win the game.”
The Blue Jackets were swarming the net when Vancouver defenseman
Christopher Tanev fell on a puck loose in the crease and grabbed it
with his right glove while knocking the goal cage off its moorings.
A lengthy video review followed, which determined the puck had
crossed the goal line. Eventually, Columbus was awarded the penalty
shot because the referee had called the play dead while Tanev was
covering the puck.
But Schneider got a piece of rookie Maksim Mayorov’s
”I know he’s a pretty skilled player,” said Schneider, who had
23 saves. ”I played against him in the American (Hockey) League.
He’s not your typical third-liner, so he has some skill. When he
comes in that way, he looks low blocker. At the last second I saw
him open up for high glove and fortunately I got a piece of it with
Moments later, it was tied when Hamhuis fired a pass from the
left corner near the goal line that was redirected by Hodgson.
”Hammer made a great play coming down the wall and he threw it
on the net,” Hodgson said. ”(Mikael) Samuelson pulled the guys
high and I was just fortunate to get a stick on it.”
Shortly after Columbus’ Grant Clitsome went to the penalty box
for a high stick, the Canucks picked up what became the winning
Daniel Sedin tossed the puck from the right boards to Burrows at
the net, and he made a quick turnaround while controlling the puck.
Steve Mason, who had 22 saves, stopped the first shot but Burrows
tapped in the rebound.
”I was just able to get my stick open and Danny made a good
play,” Burrows said. ”I was trying to take it to the net for a
scramble. I got the rebound and I was able to put it in.”
Chris Higgins also scored for the Canucks.
Cam Atkinson scored his first NHL goal and Vinny Prospal also
scored for Columbus, which had opened seasons 0-2 twice before in
their 11 seasons.
The Blue Jackets were 0 for 5 on the power play and are now 0
for 16 with a man advantage on the season.
Second-year Columbus coach Scott Arniel said his team was
”More than anything that was three games in four nights for
us,” he said of his team’s failure to hold the lead in the third
period. ”We had nothing left in the tank in the third period. That
team (Vancouver) had played one game and then flew in here on
Saturday, kind of sitting waiting for us.”
The Blue Jackets took a 2-1 lead late in the second period.
After both teams had missed out on numerous scoring chances, the
goal came on a relatively innocuous play. Rick Nash chased the puck
into the corner, bracketed by defensemen Dan Hamhuis and Kevin
Bieksa. But Nash flicked the puck along the end boards to Prospal,
whose wraparound attempt somehow squirted between the goal post and
left skate blade of Schneider.
Columbus had a chance to add to the lead early in the third.
Schneider made several big saves, stopping Jeff Carter early in
the game and then blocking a shot by Nash, also in the first
period, after he had muscled in on a rush.
The Blue Jackets dominated play in the first period, yet came
out tied 1-1. They had 11 of the 13 shots.
Atkinson opened the scoring midway through the period, notching
his first after some down-and-dirty work by Matt Calvert, who had a
takeaway in the offensive zone. Derek Mackenzie came up with the
puck and, from the right boards, flipped the puck blind to the slot
where Atkinson converted.
Columbus had failed to find the net with 22 seconds of a two-man
Notes: There were 13 advance scouts at the game. … Atkinson
was not on the Columbus bench for much of the second period but did
return. … Vancouver outshot the Blue Jackets 12-5 in the third
period. … Mayorov’s penalty shot was the 24th in Blue Jackets
history. Columbus has converted six.
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