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NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Columbus



(Friday, February 12th)

Final Score: Vancouver 4, Columbus 3

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Mikael Samuelsson's fluke goal 7:56 into the third period proved to be the game winner, as the Vancouver Canucks held on for a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.

Nolan Baumgartner, Kyle Wellwood and Sami Salo also tallied for the Canucks, who have won three of their last four and improved to 4-3-0 on a 14-game road trip that has one game remaining -- at Minnesota on Sunday -- before the Olympic break. Andrew Raycroft was solid between the pipes, stopping 32-of-35 shots.

"Feels real good to get the win and feels good to get through a bad start on my part," Raycroft said. "I just battled through it. It was awesome to see the guys work as hard as they did."

Rick Nash, Jared Boll and Raffi Torres each scored for Columbus, which had a three-game winning streak snapped. It was also the Blue Jackets first setback under interim head coach Claude Noel, who took over for Ken Hitchcock on February 3. Steve Mason allowed four goals on 35 shots in defeat.

"I thought the game was an entertaining game," Noel said. "From my standpoint, I thought we played really well in some areas. I really liked a lot of things that we did. I liked the way we managed the game. The other thing I liked was our effort. Our effort was real good."

With Columbus ahead 3-2 after two periods, Vancouver struck for a pair of goals in the first eight minutes of the third. First, it was Salo blasting a one-timer from the point that went off the post and in to tie the score at 4:31 while on the power play.

The Canucks then took a 4-3 advantage at 7:56. Samuelsson's wrist shot from the slot deflected off a Blue Jackets' player, went high in the air and with Mason down in the butterfly position, bounced high in the air and over the shoulder of a startled netminder.

Columbus got a power play chance with 6 1/2 minutes to play, but weren't able to take advantage. Then despite pulling the goaltender in favor of the extra attacker in the closing minute and a half, the Blue Jackets couldn't get the equalizer as Raycroft turned aside all 19 shots in the third period.

Columbus opened the scoring only 22 seconds into the contest. Nash finished off an end-to-end rush when he beat Raycroft with a wrist shot to the stick side from the top of the right circle. Baumgartner then took a feed from Alexandre Burrows and put it home from in close on the left side to tie things at 2:08.

However, Boll's diving rebound tally just 30 seconds later put the Blue Jackets up 2-1.

Torres one-timed a pass from Jakub Voracek that finished a 3-on-2 break to give Columbus a brief two-goal lead at 10:28 of the middle stanza. But Wellwood capitalized on a Mason mishandle of the puck from behind the net and put it in just nine seconds later to make it a 3-2 game.

Game Notes

Boll snapped a 36-game goal-less streak...Nash now has a six-game point streak...Mason had his shutout streak of 122:55 come to an end after surrendering the goal to Baumgartner.

02/12 22:19:45 ET


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