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NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Vancouver



(Monday, February 6th)

Final Score: Vancouver 7, Columbus 4

Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Todd Bertuzzi, Anson Carter, Markus Naslund, Mattias Ohlund and Daniel Sedin each had a goal and an assist in Vancouver's 7-4 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets at GM Place.

Sedin and Naslund scored on the power play less than three minutes apart in the third period to thwart a Columbus comeback. Josh Green and Todd Linden also scored for the Canucks, who tied a season-high with five power-play goals, on the way to their sixth consecutive home win. Henrik Sedin and Kevin Bieksa each had two assists, while Alex Auld stopped 29 shots for the Canucks.

"I thought we took control early," Naslund said. "Even though they got close in the third, I thought we had good control over the game."

Rick Nash scored twice but was denied on a penalty shot attempt for Columbus, which had its franchise-record five-game winning streak broken. Rostislav Klesla had a goal and an assist, and David Vyborny had three assists for the Blue Jackets.

Marc Denis played the first and third periods for Columbus and allowed seven goals on 22 shots. Denis was replaced after giving up four goals on 10 shots in the first and was replaced by Pascal Leclaire, who stopped all 16 shots he faced in the second. However, Leclaire departed with a back injury and didn't come out for the third.

"It seemed like the puck didn't want to hit me," Denis said. "But we had a great run here. We had a great little five-game streak and we have a couple more before the break. We're just scratching and crawling our way back up in the standings."

Columbus fell behind 4-0 after the first period, but rallied to get within one early in the third following goals 30 seconds apart from Nikolai Zherdev and Klesla. The second, on a shot from the left circle from Klesla, made it 4-3 at the 2:17 mark.

However, Daniel Sedin tallied on the power play just over two minutes later from the right circle off a pass from Carter. Two more man-advantage goals -- from Naslund at 7:16 on a shot from the slot and from Linden at 15:32 -- made it 7-3.

"That's the way the games are in the new NHL," Auld said. "With a lot of power plays and 5-on-3s, it makes it tough. It shows no lead is safe."

Nash scored with 1:15 left during a two-man advantage, but it was the culmination of an ugly third period as the teams combined for 62 penalty minutes in the final stanza, including 38 from Columbus. The gloves were off as Jason Chimera and Steven Goertzen picked up fighting majors for Columbus, while similar penalties were handed out to Vancouver's Bryan Allen and Tyler Bouck.

The Canucks scored twice even strength in a span of 73 seconds early in the opening period, as Carter and Green found the net. Green's goal in front of the net made it 2-0 at the 3:42 mark.

Vancouver, which went 5-for-11 on the power play, netted its first man- advantage marker at 12:52 of the first on Bertuzzi's tally. Ohlund scored on the power play less than four minutes later.

Nash found the net at 8:57 of the second, but he was denied by the right pad of Auld on a penalty shot try at 13:09 of the same period.

"We never stopped working," Nash said. "Obviously we took some undisciplined penalties and that's what affected the outcome of the game. But at the end of the day we gave ourselves a chance for the win."

Game Notes

Vancouver holds an all-time 8-2-0 record against Columbus at home...Vancouver's last home loss came December 26 versus Calgary...Henrik Sedin has 18 points (5 goals, 13 assists) in his last 12 games...Daniel Sedin has 13 points (4 goals, 9 assists) in his last 10 contests...The Canucks also had five power-play goals in a 7-6 home loss to Edmonton on December 21...Columbus went 2-for-9 on the man advantage.

02/07 01:39:11 ET

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