Game 24: Finally a Break
Zack Kassian, Henrik Sedin and Alex Edler tickled the twine in succession in a span of 2:10 during the second period to break a 1-1 deadlock and propel the Canucks to an eventual 6-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Rogers Arena.
Daniel Sedin opened the scoring for Vancouver while Henrik, with his second of the night, and Jeremy Welsh added goals in the third period to round out the scoring for the home team. Matt Calvert and Artem Anisimov had the goals for the Blue Jackets.
With the win, the Canucks snapped their season-high five-game winless streak and improved their record on the season to 12-8-4. Columbus fell to 8-12-3.
For a while, at least to start Friday's tilt, it seemed the Canucks were destined to endure yet another game where they out-played their opponent but not get rewarded for their efforts.
Calvert opened the scoring for the Blue Jackets just 2:47 into the game on Columbus' first shot on a play that came right after Brad Richardson was denied by Blue Jackets' netminder Sergei Bobrovsky on a glorious chance at the other end.
Vancouver would dominate the remainder of the opening frame out-shooting Columbus 14-4 but wouldn't find the back of the net until Daniel's marker with just 16 seconds left in the opening frame.
Roberto Luongo, making his fourth straight start, wasn't tested much in this affair but was solid when he needed to be finishing with 14 saves on 16 shots.
Bobrovsky made 29 saves on 35 shots in the loss.
The Canucks play host to the defending Stanley Cup champions, Chicago Blackhawks, tomorrow night.
HISTORY WILL WAIT: After a grueling seven-game stretch without a goal, Daniel Sedin finally got the monkey off his back on Friday night and was probably unlucky not to have more than just the single tally. He hit a post in the second period and then looked to have scored again in the third period on a point shot before it was ruled that the goal went in off his brother, Henrik. Daniel needs just one goal to reach 300 for his NHL career and that could come as soon as early as tomorrow night against Chicago.
MILESTONES: Ryan Kesler notched his 200th career assist on Henrik's first goal of the game in the second period. He became the 20th player in Canucks history to record 200 assists with the franchise... Jeremy Welsh notched his first career NHL goal – also his first point as a Canuck – with just 29 seconds remaining in the game. Dan Hamhuis skated in his 700th career NHL game.
NOTES AND NUMBERS: Columbus played this game without their leading point scorer, defenceman James Wisniewski, who was a late scratch due to illness... Canucks forward David Booth was a healthy scratch for the second straight game... With his three point performance, Daniel Sedin snapped a six-game point drought – his longest since a 10-game funk from November 29 to December 22, 2003... The six goals the Canucks scored tonight equal their entire total during their five-game winless streak... Jannik Hansen's penalty shot attempt was the first-ever by the Canucks against the Blue Jackets. Hansen is 0-for-2 in his career on penalty shot attempts... Zack Kassian's goal was his first in six games... Alex Edler's goal was his first in 15 games... Ryan Stanton had three points - all assists - for the first multi-point game of his career... 11 different Canucks recorded a point on Friday night.