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The Goods: Columbus crashers

Monday, 10.10.2011 / 11:00 PM / Features
By Derek Jory
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The Goods: Columbus crashers
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A third period comeback is like changing a tire, you don’t want to be in a position to have to do it, but it’s nice to know you can.

The Vancouver Canucks rallied from a one-goal third period deficit for the second consecutive game Monday night at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, scoring two goals in the third to beat the Blue Jackets 3-2.

Alex Burrows charged out of the corner on the power play and banged home his own rebound past Chris Mason with 11:31 remaining in the game and the Canucks, possessing their first lead of the season, didn’t relinquish it closing out their first win of the year and eighth straight against the Blue Jackets to begin a four-game road trip.

Vancouver opened the game, fittingly, in a turkey coma taking three penalties en route to being outshot 11-2; Columbus took a 1-0 lead midway through the frame, but Chris Higgins re-directed a Manny Malhotra shot to help the Canucks escape the period tied 1-1.

With 1:26 left in an even second period, Columbus pulled in front 2-1 on a wrap around that snuck past Canucks netminder Cory Schneider, making his first start of the season.

Schneider redeemed himself with a penalty shot save on Maksim Mayorov late in the period; that save proved to be the turning point as Cody Hodgson tallied less than two minutes into the third to even the score at 2-2.

The Canucks closed the game out by peppering the Blue Jackets with 12 shots and drawing a pair of power plays, the first of which saw Burrows score the 16th game-winner of his career.

Schneider finished with 23 saves in the win. Dating back to last season the backup netminder is 3-0 in Columbus with just six goals against on 92 shots.

CoHo delivers

Cody Hodgson is on pace for 41 goals this season.

Should we get the Calder Memorial Trophy engraved now, or humour the rest of the NHL and wait?

Canadians dinned like royalty and gave thanks Monday, but no one is more thankful than Hodgson. He’s been given a chance to centre Vancouver’s second line, skating with veterans Marco Sturm and Mikael Samuelsson, and in his second game, the 10th of his career, he was a major factor offensively.

Midway through the second period defenceman Dan Hamhuis spotted Hodgson to the left of the Blue Jackets goal and he hit him with a bullet pass that the rookie one-timed right into the goaltender.

Hodgson shook his head knowing he should have scored. In the third period Hamhuis hooked him up again and this time he made no mistake.

“It was a great play by Hammer coming down the wall and throwing it on net and I was just able to get a stick on it,” said Hodgson, fresh off scoring his first goal of the year.

“You’ve got to give credit to Bieksa, who called the play just before that actually. It was a whole line effort with Samuelsson coming up high and Sturm pulling the D back, I was just the benefactor of it.”

NO FALL-ING BEHIND

The term Mr. October is typically reserved for those sending baseball’s skyward, but Canucks captain Henrik Sedin should undoubtedly be considered for the handle.

Henrik, coming off a two-assist outing against the Pittsburgh Penguins, assisted on Alex Burrows’ game-winning goal for his 95th career point (21-74-95) in the month of turkey, tricks and treats. Henrik has been especially lethal in October over the last five seasons averaging more than a point-per-game with 63 (12-51-63) in 61 games.

This wouldn’t be a proper Sedin discussion without mention of Daniel. In shocking news, he’s right behind Henrik for the Mr. October honours as coming off a two point outing in the season opener, he also assisted on the Burrows goal on this night giving him 52 points (21-31-52) in 51 fall games played over the last five years.

As was the case in the win over Columbus, Burrows also produces in October and the Canucks are now 13-5-0 dating back to 2006-07 when the feisty winger registers at least a point.

Mr. October? More like the 3 October-teers.

*UNFUNNY THANkSGIVING JOKE
What was Kevin Bieksa penalized for in the first period? Fowl play. *I told you it wasn't funny.
Tweet of the night - "Somewhere between family and bacon. RT @canucksgame Where do
#Canucks rank in terms of things you're thankful for? #thanksgiving" -
@jordanclarke_
, providing brutal honesty.
Juggernaut vs. Jackets - Chris Higgins has scored three regulation goals with the Vancouver Canucks
and they've all been tallied at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. Just imagine
his numbers if he played for the Blue Jackets...
Going streaking Vancouver isn't much of a traditional team, but the Canucks don't mess around in
Columbus. The Canucks haven't dropped a game in the Arch City since December 1, 2008.