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

my arm.”

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

advantage earlier.

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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