NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Vancouver |
(Sunday, March 21st)
Final Score: Columbus 5, Vancouver 4
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Nikolai Zherdev scored a pair of goals and
assisted on another during a three-goal third period, as the Columbus Blue
Jackets rallied from a two-goal deficit to post an improbable 5-4 victory over
the Vancouver Canucks.
Zherdev finished with two goals and two assists for the Blue Jackets, who
snapped an eight-game losing streak. Columbus, coming off a 2-0 loss at
Calgary on Thursday, hadn't won since March 2 at Carolina.
"It's a huge relief, it's been a long time since we won," said Blue Jackets
head coach Gerard Gallant.
Todd Marchant chipped in the tying goal in the third and an assist, while Rick
Nash and Brian Holzinger also scored. Marc Denis finished with 27 saves in the
Artem Chubarov scored twice for Vancouver, which blew a 4-2 lead with 11 1/2
minutes remaining. Brendan Morrison and Henrik Sedin also scored for the
Canucks and Johan Hedberg made just 18 saves.
Vancouver remained tied for fourth place with Dallas in the Western Conference
Zherdev scored the winner with 1:55 to play. He picked up the puck in the
right corner, skated into the right circle and snapped a shot that deflected
The Canucks pulled Hedberg for an extra attacker with about a minute to play,
but could not score the equalizer. Vancouver had a 6-on-4 skating advantage
for the final 23 seconds after Jaroslav Spacek went off for tripping.
Zherdev's first goal of the game at 8:25 of the third pulled Columbus within
4-3. He raced in behind the Vancouver net to steal the puck from Hedberg, then
skated into the low left circle and shot the puck off the scrambling netminder
for the goal.
"It was the best game I played in the NHL," Zherdev said through teammate and
fellow Russian Alexander Svitov.
Marchant tied it on a power play with 4:47 remaining. Zherdev took a shot from
the right circle that Hedberg stopped. Marchant's first rebound attempt at the
right side of the crease was turned aside, but he was able to chip another
shot past the netminder for his ninth goal.
Chubarov snapped a 2-2 tie with just 30 seconds left in the second period,
then scored his 10th of the season just 2:41 into the third for a 4-2 edge.
Brad May started the play on the second goal with a shot off the rush from the
left point. May chased down his own rebound in the left corner and fed the
puck behind the net to Mike Keane, who then sent a pass to the low left
circle. Chubarov gathered it in, spun around and slipped a shot through Denis'
Denis stopped the other 12 shots he faced in the third.
The Canucks grabbed a 2-0 lead with a pair of goals in the first 3:38 of the
Morrison scored his 20th of the season, blasting a shot home from the right
circle near the boards at the 2:15 mark. Sedin scored just 1:23 later, beating
Denis with a shot from the right circle.
Ed Jovanovski assisted on both goals. The burly Vancouver defenseman returned
to the lineup after missing 25 games with a separated right shoulder.
The Blue Jackets scored at the 5:00 mark to pull within one. Holzinger, at the
top of the crease, redirected a pass from Zherdev into the net for his seventh
Nash tied it at 3:31 of the second period with his 38th goal. He raced from
his own blue line into the Vancouver zone along the right wing, then cut into
the slot and snapped a wrister past Hedberg.
Zherdev notched his first career two-goal game...Columbus was 1-for-3 on the
power play and killed off each of Vancouver's six chances with the extra
skater...The Canucks fell to 1-3-2-1 since Todd Bertuzzi was suspended for the
season...Columbus improved to just 6-26-4-2 on the road this season.
03/22 02:25:00 ET