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NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Columbus



(Saturday, March 6th)

Final Score: Vancouver 4, Columbus 0

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Johan Hedberg stopped 32 shots for his third shutout of the season and Markus Naslund notched a goal and an assist, as the Vancouver Canucks pounded the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-0, at Nationwide Arena.

Mattias Ohlund, Matt Cooke and Tyler Bouck each scored for Vancouver, which won for the fourth time in six games (4-1-1). Todd Bertuzzi added two assists for the Canucks.

"Every game you get to play, you get more and more used to playing in game situations," Hedberg said. "Right now it's fun to play hockey."

Marc Denis stopped 20 shots for the Blue Jackets, who lost their second straight after a three-game winning streak.

"We should have had two goals early," Columbus interim head coach Gerard Gallant said. "We didn't do anything after that."

The Canucks cruised to the victory, despite not getting a shot on goal until nearly 12 minutes into the game.

Ohlund got the Canucks on the board first, scoring his 12th goal of the season at the 13:39 mark of the first period. Naslund came around the back of the net, stopped, and found Ohlund near the crease. Ohlund caught Denis covering the wrong post and made him pay.

Vancouver grabbed firm control of the game with two goals in the second period.

The first was Cooke's seventh of the season, coming at the 4:42 mark of the second. Henrik Sedin passed from the corner out to his brother Daniel at the right circle. Daniel then found Cooke waiting outside the left circle near the crease, and he whipped a shot past Denis on the stickside.

The Canucks grabbed a three-goal lead with just under nine minutes to play in the stanza. Bertuzzi threaded the needle with a perfect pass from the right boards through traffic to a streaking Naslund, cruising toward the net to the left the slot. He easily redirected the pass past a helpless Denis for the 3-0 lead.

Bouck made it 4-0 only 1:03 into the third on his first tally of the campaign. Mike Keane stole the puck behind the net, wheeled out and found Bouck moving into the high slot. Sedin paused to gather the puck, then beat Denis with a wrister inside the right post.

Game Notes

Despite its three-game win streak over the last week, Columbus has still dropped nine of its last 13 games...The Blue Jackets welcome Carolina to Columbus on Monday...Vancouver is 10-3-2 all-time against the Blue Jackets, and 4-2-1 in the last seven meetings...The Canucks came into the contest winless in their previous three trips to Columbus (0-2-1)...Vancouver leads the season series, 2-1...Naslund has three goals and three assists in the three games versus Columbus...This was Hedberg's 10th career shutout...Columbus was shut out for the first time since February 4th at Dallas.

03/06 23:16:09 ET

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