NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Columbus
(Friday, March 17th)
Final Score: Vancouver 3, Columbus 2
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Brendan Morrison netted the game-winning goal as the Vancouver Canucks got a desperately needed win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-2, at Nationwide Arena.
Mattias Ohlund and Anson Carter scored for the Canucks, who snapped a five- game skid.
Alexander Auld stopped 22 shots in the win for Vancouver, which with 78 points moved into a tie for the sixth playoff spot in the Western Conference with Edmonton and now trails Calgary by four points for first place in the Northwest Division.
Ron Hainsey and Manny Malhotra netted goals for the Blue Jackets, who have dropped their last three games. Pascal Leclaire stopped 30 shots and had an assist in the loss.
"Vancouver came in here and they haven't been playing very well," said Blue Jackets coach Gerard Gallant. "They didn't play very well tonight either, but they played better than us."
It was a 1-1 game going into the final 20 minutes and the teams exchanged a pair of goals to make it a 2-2 game.
Vancouver, though, broke the tie with 6:11 left in the game.
Trevor Linden had the puck along the left boards and threw a pass to Matt Cooke in the low slot. But, as the puck came to Cooke, Leclaire attempted to poke check it away and the two player's sticks wound up meeting. This caused the puck to pop into the air and it kicked off of Morrison's and went over the goaltenders back into the net.
Columbus pulled its goaltender with under a minute to play for the extra skater, but despite some solid pressure was unable to net the equalizer.
The Canucks took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission with a power-play tally. Markus Naslund had the disc at the top of the right circle and sent it to the right side of the net where Todd Bertuzzi held it for a moment and then slid the puck through the goal mouth to Ohlund at the left circle. Ohlund cut in from the point and one-timed it into the net with 2:38 left in the opening stanza.
The Blue Jackets tied the game up in the second period with a power-play goal of their own. Hainsey brought the puck out of his own end and made a move to get by two Vancouver players and from the low slot snapped a wrister through Auld's five-hole 5:55 in.
"I had my feet moving when I was coming up ice and they seemed to be backing up," said Hainsey. "I was trying to get through the first wave and I did. Fortunately I had enough speed to get to the net."
Vancouver grabbed a 2-1 lead with another power-play goal. After a left circle faceoff win, Henrik Sedin got a shot on net that Leclaire made a save on, but Carter was on the doorstep and backhanded the disc over the goaltender's right shoulder 7:56 into the final period.
Columbus answered quickly to tie the game back up. Good cycling work behind the Canucks net allowed Jason Chimera to get the puck. He quickly snapped a pass to the slot where Malhotra snapped a one-timer past Auld 40 seconds after the Carter goal.
Columbus center Sergei Fedorov sat out the game with back spasms...Vancouver returns home for a game against Detroit on Sunday...The Blue Jackets host Anaheim on Sunday...Vancouver is 3-1 against Columbus this season...Vancouver went 2-of-5 on the power play...Columbus was successful one of its six power plays.
03/17 23:31:52 ET