Vancouver
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49-28-5
Columbus
Blue Jackets
32-35-15

35 SOG
35 SOG
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game recap

Canucks 4, Blue Jackets 3

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 10:42 PM

Associated Press

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Canucks 4, Blue Jackets 3
Vancouver Canucks 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 3

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -Mikael Samuelsson scored on a lazy, deflected popup that wafted over goalie Steve Mason's head, capping the Vancouver Canucks' comeback from a two-goal deficit to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 on Friday night.

It was the first loss for interim coach Claude Noel after he won his fist three.

In addition to Samuelsson's goal 8 minutes into the third period, Sami Salo had the tying goal earlier in the period and Nolan Baumgartner and Kyle Wellwood also scored.

Rick Nash, Jared Boll and Raffi Torres had goals for Columbus, which failed in its attempt to win a fourth game in a row for the first time this season.

Andrew Raycroft (100-100-26) earned his 100th career win.

The Canucks, far removed from the Olympic frenzy back home, were playing their seventh game on the longest road trip (14 games) in NHL history. Before it is over they will have gone 42 days between home games, spanning the league's Olympic break.

With Columbus ahead 3-2 going into the third period, Salo tied it on a power play goal. Henrik Sedin's pass from the left corner found Salo by himself between the circles. He had time to stop the puck and tee it up before firing a hard shot over sliding defenseman Jan Hejda and in off the right post at 4:31.

That set the stage for Samuelsson's winner. He took a short pass from Ryan Kesler, who played college hockey at nearby Ohio State, and attempted a one-timer from the high slot. Columbus forward Derick Brassard got a stick on the puck at almost the same time as Samuelsson followed through, the puck squirting up into the air and slowly drifting over Mason like a short chip shot.

Three Stars
Andrew Raycroft

Bounced back from a baaad start to steal this one for his team by bricking up the net in the third. He made 19 stops in the final 20 and earned this star.
32 saves

Nolan Baumgartner

Not only did he score to negate the momentum of Rick Nash's tally 22 seconds in, but he had 6 shots in the game and blocked another two.
1 goal, +1, 12:59 TOI, 6 SOG

Raffi Torres

This guy just has it in for the Canucks. Scored yet again against Vancouver. Great shot in the 2nd put his side up 3-1. Should've been enough.
1 goal, +1, 2 shots, 16:44 TOI

That was the first deficit the Blue Jackets have faced under Noel, who failed to become the first Columbus coach to win his first four games. He took over for the fired Ken Hitchcock on Feb. 3.

It took just 2:38 to register the first three goals, then 9 seconds in the second period separated two more.

Only 22 seconds in, Nash coasted down the left wing, swiveled to screen the puck behind defenseman Alexander Edler and then snapped a shot inside the far post.

It was the sixth game in a row that the Blue Jackets scored first.

The Canucks countered at 2:08, when Alex Burrows found Baumgarter all alone for a one-timer at the bottom of the left circle. It was his first NHL goal in four years, the last also coming against Columbus, and only his seventh in 138 career games.

Just 30 seconds later, the Blue Jackets buzzed the net and it paid off. Derek Dorsett's shot was stopped by Raycroft, but the rebound went to Andrew Murray, who backhanded it at Raycroft. This time the rebound drifted just a few feet away but Boll was able to get a stick on it, punching it past Raycroft as he backed into the net.

The Blue Jackets went up 3-1 on Torres' one-timer off a bouncing, side-to-side pass from Jake Voracek. Before that could be announced, Mason mishandled a puck behind his own goal giving Steve Bernier an open shot from a hard angle. The Blue Jackets was able to block that one, but the puck glanced to Wellwood in the high slot and he had no trouble getting it by Mason, who had fallen down.

That cut the Columbus lead to 3-2 throught two periods and set the stage for the Canucks' big comeback.

NOTES: Samuelsson went down courtesy of Columbus D Milan Jurcina's high stick late in the first period. Samuelsson returned later during the double-minor. ... Each team had 35 shots. ... The Blue Jackets had killed all 16 power plays they faced over their last five games before Salo scored. ... The Blue Jackets are now 19-5-3 with a lead heading into the third, while the Canucks improved to 7-14-1 when down with 20 minutes left.


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scoring summary
1st Period
00:22
CBJ
Rick Nash (27) Wrist shot - ASST: Antoine Vermette (28), Fedor Tyutin (21)
1 - 0 CBJ
02:08
VAN
Nolan Baumgartner (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Alexandre Burrows (25), Daniel Sedin (37)
1 - 1 Tie
02:38
CBJ
Jared Boll (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Andrew Murray (2), Derek Dorsett (4)
2 - 1 CBJ
2nd Period
10:28
CBJ
Raffi Torres (18) Snap shot - ASST: Jakub Voracek (24), Derick Brassard (20)
3 - 1 CBJ
10:37
VAN
Kyle Wellwood (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Steve Bernier (10)
3 - 2 CBJ
3rd Period
04:31
VAN
PPG - Sami Salo (6) Slapshot - ASST: Henrik Sedin (55), Alexander Edler (26)
3 - 3 Tie
07:56
VAN
Mikael Samuelsson (20) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Kesler (37)
4 - 3 VAN
penalty summary
1st Period
05:39
CBJ
Milan Jurcina  Hi stick - double minor against  Mikael Samuelsson
10:24
VAN
Rick Rypien  Tripping against  Derick Brassard
2nd Period
08:18
CBJ
Raffi Torres  Too many men/ice - bench
14:26
CBJ
Samuel Pahlsson  Interference on goalkeeper against  Roberto Luongo
3rd Period
04:01
CBJ
Antoine Vermette  Hi-sticking against  Ryan Kesler
13:36
VAN
Mason Raymond  Holding against  Jakub Voracek
goalie stats
Andrew Raycroft
SA: 35TOI: 59:57
Saves: 32EV: 24 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .914SH: 1 - 1
Steve Mason
Steve Mason
16-19-6
SA: 35TOI: 58:34
Saves: 31EV: 25 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .886SH: 1 - 1