NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Vancouver
(Friday, November 4th)
Final Score: Vancouver 5, Columbus 3
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Anson Carter scored the game-winning goal and added two assists for the Vancouver Canucks, who outlasted Columbus, 5-3, at General Motors Palace.
Sami Salo and Henrik Sedin each had a goal and an assist for Vancouver, which is a perfect 7-0 this season at home. Alexander Auld stopped 21 shots in net, and Markus Naslund scored an empty-netter in the closing seconds to lock up the win.
Nikolai Zherdev scored twice and had a helper for the Blue Jackets, who have now lost four straight. Marc Denis allowed four goals on 25 shots.
Zherdev scored on a one-timer for the lone goal of the first period to put the Blue Jackets up 1-0.
The Canucks, though, would respond with a pair of tallies to open the second. Just over five minutes into the stanza, Anson Carter fed a pass out to the point to Mattias Ohlund, who ripped a slapshot through a screen and into the back of the net.
"We just try to provide support for the top line," said Carter. "Obviously we got three goals tonight. I just try to get into space and make good plays. Our job hasn't really changed, we're here to provide secondary offense."
Salo followed with his fourth goal of the season, unleashing a shot from the left circle that beat Denis short side for Vancouver's second straight power-play conversion.
David Vyborny finished a Nikolai Zherdev feed from behind the net to tie the contest at 2-2, only to see Sedin put Vancouver back on top 53 seconds later. Salo drew the attention as he flew in on goal, then sent the disc to the other side of the ice to Sedin, who wristed it into the open net from the left circle.
Vancouver upped its lead to 4-2 early in the third on Carter's third goal of the season. Carter received a quick pass from Daniel Sedin between circles and ripped a one-timer inside the left post 2:23 into the final frame.
The Blue Jackets narrowed the lead once again at the 8:15 mark, as Zherdev slammed home a puck that had leaked out into the vacant slot to make it 4-3.
Columbus would not get any closer, however, and Naslund put the game away with an empty net goal with 10 seconds remaining.
Blue Jackets defenseman Bryan Berard has a seven-game point streak. He has one goal and six assists in that span...Canucks netminder Dan Cloutier sustained a concussion in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to Colorado and missed Wednesday's tilt. Under NHL guidelines, Cloutier must be symptom-free for a week before he can return...All of Salo's four goals have come on the power play this year
11/05 02:08:32 ET