Canucks top Blue Jackets
It was ugly. Dear God, was it ever ugly. In the end, however, the Canucks twice came back from two goals down and topped the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on the road.
Chris Higgins, Cody Hodgson and Alex Burrows all scored for the Canucks, who got their first win of the season. The powerplay, woeful in their season opener, was better tonight, going 1 for 4. Christian Ehrhoff's absence is indeed obvious. First, though, Let's get to the game.
In the first period, Columbus came out firing, chasing the Canucks all around the rink, and scoring the games first goal. It came after a weak Keith Ballard clearing attempt that was intercepted by Derek Mckenzie. He fed the puck in front to Cam Atkinson, who scored his first goal of his NHL career, slipping the puck five hole on Cory Schneider, filling in for Roberto Luongo.
The Canucks, despite being outplayed badly, somehow managed to tie it up when Chris Higgins had a Manny Malhotra shot go off his skate and ricochet in top corner on Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason. It was his first of the young NHL season.
Blue Jackets forward Vinny Prospal had the only goal of the second period, as he capitalized on a Canucks defense miscue and scored on a wraparound for his second goal of the season, and his third point in three games. The miscue was Dan Hamhuis and Kevin Bieksa both going for the big hit on Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash, which left far too much room for Prospal.
The Canucks climbed back in the third, out shooting the Jackets 12-5. First, Dan Hamhuis jumped into the play, carried to the side of the net, then fed a pass that rookie skater Cody Hodgson deflected past Mason for his first of the year and his second NHL goal total.
Then, on the powerplay, Alex Burrows walked out front and shoveled his own rebound past Mason for the 3-2 lead. The Canucks managed to hold on for their 8th straight win over Columbus.
The Canucks next play Wednesday in Philadelphia. Puck drops at 4 pt.
Notes: Columbus defenceman Mark Methot ran Henrik Sedin from behind into the boards. No Canuck came to Henrik's defence at any point during the game, and Methot was only given a 2 minute boarding call. New Canucks team? Looks like the old one to me.