NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Columbus
(Friday, October 6th)
Final Score: Vancouver 3, Columbus 2 (OT)
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Daniel Sedin's second goal of the game 31 seconds into overtime lifted Vancouver to a 3-2 win over Columbus at Nationwide Arena, spoiling the Blue Jackets season opener.
In the extra session, Henrik Sedin attempted a wrap-around shot that was blocked, but his brother knocked in the rebound past a diving Pascal Leclaire, giving Vancouver the win.
Brendan Morrison had the other goal and Henrik Sedin had two assists for the Canucks, who defeated Detroit 3-1 in their season opener on Thursday night.
Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo registered 18 wins in the victory.
Mark Hartigan and David Vyborny each scored power play goals for the Blue Jackets, who are now 1-4-1 in season openers.
Hartigan is seeing more playing time at center since Sergei Fedorov and Alexander Svitov are both nursing shoulder injuries.
Leclaire allowed three goals on 41 shots in a losing effort and Ron Hainsey and Rick Nash each tallied assists for Columbus, which was outshot 34-10 after the first period.
The Blue Jackets drew first blood and took a 1-0 lead with a power play tally just 1:46 into the contest. With Vancouver's Kevin Bieksa whistled for tripping, Hartigan re-directed a shot by Duvie Westcott that beat Luongo on the glove side.
Columbus made it 2-0 less than three minutes into the second, as Vyborny scored on a two-man advantage. He threw a wrist shot toward the net and Luongo got a piece of the puck with his right pad, but it caught the inside and bounced across the line for the score.
Vancouver finally got on the board to make it 2-1 at 11:48 in the third as Morrison notched a power-play goal.
Then, with just 2:11 left in regulation the Canucks netted the equalizer to tie the game at 2-2. Markus Naslund made a backhand pass to Daniel Sedin in front of the net and he slid the puck past Leclaire.
Columbus went 1-3 against the Canucks last season with a 1-1 mark at home...Vancouver was 1-for-4 on the power play and Columbus went 2-for-5...The Blue Jackets are in the middle of playing three games in the span of four days.They travel to Central Division rival Chicago on Saturday night...Vancouver plays in Colorado on Sunday.
10/06 22:42:30 ET