Blue Jackets trounce Canucks, 6-2

 

 
 
 
 
Vancouver Canucks goalie Eddie Lack is down as the Columbus Blue Jackets' Scott Hartnell, 43, and Alexander Wennberg, 41, celebrate Markco Dano's goal in the 3rd period. The Blue Jackets defeated the Canucks 6-2.
 
 

Vancouver Canucks goalie Eddie Lack is down as the Columbus Blue Jackets' Scott Hartnell, 43, and Alexander Wennberg, 41, celebrate Markco Dano's goal in the 3rd period. The Blue Jackets defeated the Canucks 6-2.

Photograph by: Mark van Manen, PNG

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VANCOUVER – As noted philosopher Ringo Starr once said, it don’t come easy.

The Vancouver Canucks should have learned that lesson by now, following recent losses to the likes of the Buffalo Sabres and Arizona Coyotes.

But on Thursday night, they let another one of those games that look easy on paper get away.

The Canucks dominated a scoreless first period, then grabbed a 2-0 lead early in the second, but ended up losing 6-2 to the injury-riddled Columbus Blue Jackets at Rogers Arena.

The Blue Jackets had entered the game 17 points out of an Eastern Conference playoff spot and had played the night before in Edmonton.

In other words, the table was pretty much set for the Canucks, who proceeded to drop the fine china all over the floor.

“We played maybe our best first period in a long time,” said captain Henrik Sedin. "We weren’t able to score but come out in the second and get two quick goals. After that we start turning the puck over and just making mistakes that you can’t do at this level.

“That’s this league, if you are not 100 per cent focused every shift, those things can happen.”


To make matters worse, the Calgary Flames, Winnipeg Jets and San Jose Sharks all won their games Thursday night. The Flames moved to within a point of the Canucks, who hold down second place in the tight Pacific Division standings with 84 points.

The Canucks looked to have the game in hand when rookie Bo Horvat and Daniel Sedin scored two goals 40 seconds apart early in the second to grab that 2-0 lead.

But the Blue Jackets responded with three goals of their own before the period was over.

“We were in control of the game,” said Daniel Sedin. “We played a good first period and up until the 2-0 goal and then we started to get cute. The way we play right now, with four lines, it is up to each line to be responsible and get pucks deep and grind away. It is one thing losing to a team if they really get going and play real well, but I thought we gave it to them.”

The Columbus comeback started when Rene Bourque beat Vancouver goalie Eddie Lack from long range on a shot that appeared to tip off the stick of Vancouver defenceman Chris Tanev.

“It just dove on me,” Lack said. “I don’t know what to say. I usually have those and today wasn’t that day.

“We stopped playing and I didn’t come up with those big saves, either,” Lack added. “That’s a tough one for us.

“I felt like the first period was really, really good and the beginning of the second, too. Then I’m not sure what happened.”

The Canucks once again got nothing from their power play, which went 0-for-2. Columbus scored its winning goal late in the second period on a power play when Cam Atkinson tipped a Mark Letestu point shot past Lack.

The Blue Jackets scored three unanswered third-period goals -- one of them into an empty net -- to turn the game into a rout.

The Canucks have now lost 18 straight games in which they have trailed after two periods.

“Going into the third I thought we were going to make a push, but we had a few shifts there where we weren’t very good and they were able to get that fourth one,” said Vancouver winger Alex Burrows. “We have to be much better overall. We weren’t crisp, our execution was off and we just have to stick to our game plan.”

Jacob Markstrom relieved Lack with 10:32 left in the third period and stopped both of the shots he faced.

The Canucks fired 20 shots at Bobrovsky in the first period and they came in bunches. They had eight before the game was three minutes old and had tested Bobrovsky 19 times by the 14-minute mark.

ICE CHIPS: The Canucks closed out their five-game homestand with a 3-2-0 record. . .Linesman Brad Kovachik left the game at 11:32 of the first period after taking a puck in the head, but returned to start the second period. . .The Canucks are now 2-21-1 when trailing after two periods this season.

GAME ESSENTIALS

THE SKINNY

After a scoreless first period, the teams exploded for five in the second as Bo Horvat and Daniel Sedin staked the Canucks to a 2-0 lead, which seemed like kryptonite in their hands. Rene Bourque, Marko Dano and Cam Atkinson, on the power play, replied before the second period was out. Dano, followed by Scott Hartnell, followed by Alexander Wennberg’s empty-netter completed the rout. Jacob Markstrom mopped up for Eddie Lack in the Canuck nets.

BY THE NUMBERS

Columbus led after two periods for just the 19th time in 72 games. They improved to 15-2-2 … Henrik Sedin ended a four-game points drought, his longest of the season, with an assist on Daniel’s goal … The Canucks directed 72 shots at the Columbus net: 40 made it through, 18 were blocked, 14 missed … Canucks were credited with just seven hits. The Jackets had 15 … Faceoffs were 35-26 in CBJ’s favour with Ryan Johansen going 15-for-20.

QUOTABLE

“It all started with Corey Tropp getting involved (fighting Derek Dorsett) and sticking up for a teammate and getting the guys going. We needed that extra boost of energy. After that, we made some great plays and Bob (goalie Sergei Bobrovsky) kept us in it the whole night. It was a fun game to play.” — Blue Jackets centre and Port Moody product Ryan Johansen, who won for the first time in his hometown.

A NIGHT FOR GINO

The Canucks announced during Thursday’s game they will honour Gino Odjick, on April 11, which is the final game of the regular season and also Fan Appreciation Night. Odjick, a popular player on the team from 1990-98, is battling AL amyloidosis, a rare terminal disease. “Gino has always had a special relationship with the fans in this city and it’s fitting to honour him,” said Canucks president Trevor Linden.

WHO’S NEXT?

The Canucks have a practice scheduled for Friday morning before they jump on a flight to Southern California and Saturday’s 1 p.m. matinee against the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, coached by Darryl Sutter. The Canucks have not been able to handle the Kings at all this season, losing the three previous meetings by a combined score of 12-3. In their first trip to the Staples Center on Nov. 8, the Canucks were spanked 5-1.

...Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun

 
 
 
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Vancouver Canucks goalie Eddie Lack is down as the Columbus Blue Jackets' Scott Hartnell, 43, and Alexander Wennberg, 41, celebrate Markco Dano's goal in the 3rd period. The Blue Jackets defeated the Canucks 6-2.
 

Vancouver Canucks goalie Eddie Lack is down as the Columbus Blue Jackets' Scott Hartnell, 43, and Alexander Wennberg, 41, celebrate Markco Dano's goal in the 3rd period. The Blue Jackets defeated the Canucks 6-2.

Photograph by: Mark van Manen, PNG

 
Vancouver Canucks goalie Eddie Lack is down as the Columbus Blue Jackets' Scott Hartnell, 43, and Alexander Wennberg, 41, celebrate Markco Dano's goal in the 3rd period. The Blue Jackets defeated the Canucks 6-2.
Vancouver Canucks' Bo Harvat, 53, battles the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Vancouver Canucks' Chris Tanev, 8, gets glove in the face from the Columbus Blue Jackets' Rene Bourque, 32.
Vancouver Canucks celebrate Bo Horvat's 2nd period goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Vancouver Canucks' Alex Burrows, 14, battles in front of the the Columbus Blue Jackets net.
Vancouver Canucks centre Henrik Sedin (33) fights for control of the puck with Columbus Blue Jackets centre Mark Letestu (55).
Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Rene Bourque (32) fights for control of the puck with Vancouver Canucks defenceman Chris Tanev (8) in NHL action in Vancouver on Thursday, March. 19, 2015.
Vancouver Canucks goalie Eddie Lack (31) makes a save.
Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) stops a shot from Vancouver Canucks centre Nick Bonino (13).
Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Rene Bourque, right, fights for control of the puck with Vancouver Canucks defenceman Chris Tanev (8).
Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) stops a shot from Vancouver Canucks centre Nick Bonino (13)
Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Rene Bourque (32) fights for control of the puck with Vancouver Canucks defenceman Chris Tanev (8).
Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin (22) fights for control of the puck with Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno (71).
Vancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller keeps an eye on the play in the final minutes of the third period play against the Boston Bruins in NHL game at Rogers Arena, Vancouver, February 13 2015. Miller has an excellent record in shootouts.
Vancouver Canucks goalie Eddie Lack (31) reacts after being scored on by Columbus Blue Jackets centre Marko Dano (56).
Columbus Blue Jackets centre Marko Dano (56) fights for control of the puck with Vancouver Canucks defenceman Dan Hamhuis.
Columbus Blue Jackets centre Marko Dano (56) fights for control of the puck with Vancouver Canucks defenceman Dan Hamhuis (2).
Vancouver Canucks centre Henrik Sedin, left, fights for control of the puck with Columbus Blue Jackets centre Mark Letestu (55).
Vancouver Canucks work their power play against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Vancouver Canucks fans don't look impressed as their team loses 6-2 to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.
Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Rene Bourque (32) fights for control of the puck with Vancouver Canucks defenceman Chris Tanev (8).
Vancouver Canucks centre Henrik Sedin (33) fights for control of the puck with Columbus Blue Jackets centre Artem Anisimov (42) and Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno (71).
Vancouver Canucks centre Henrik Sedin (33) fights for control of the puck with Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Scott Hartnell (43).
Hockey fans look on as Vancouver Canucks right wing Derek Dorsett (51) fights with Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Corey Tropp (26).
Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) gets hit by Vancouver Canucks left wing Alex Burrows’ skate.
Columbus Blue Jackets centre Marko Dano (56) celebrates his goal during the second period of NHL action against the Vancouver Canucks.
Vancouver Canucks defenceman Chris Tanev (8) tries to get a shot past Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72).
Vancouver Canucks centre Bo Horvat (53) celebrates his goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Vancouver Canucks right wing Derek Dorsett (51) fights with Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Corey Tropp (26).
Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Jack Johnson (7) tries to clear Vancouver Canucks centre Bo Horvat (53) from in front of Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72).
Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin (22) fights for control of the puck with Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno (71).
Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson’s shot goes past Vancouver Canucks goalie Eddie Lack (31).
Vancouver Canucks goalie Eddie Lack (31) makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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