Columbus jolts Canucks in overtime
Matt Calvert carried the puck almost from end to end, twice avoiding opposing players, before skating to the slot and scoring on a rising...
AP Sports Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Matt Calvert carried the puck almost from end to end, twice avoiding opposing players, before skating to the slot and scoring on a rising wrist shot to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 2-1 overtime victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night.
Calvert took a pass from Fedor Tyutin deep in the defensive zone and chipped the puck along the right boards while twice fighting off defenders. He then went unimpeded to the right hash before whipping the puck high over the glove side of goalie Cory Schneider.
Sergei Bobrovsky had 34 saves and R.J. Umberger also scored for the Blue Jackets, who have points in their past five games and have won three in a row — both season highs.
Henrik Sedin tied the game early in the third period for Vancouver. Schneider finished with 25 saves.
Bobrovsky was brilliant all night, covering up for several giveaways by his teammates.
Down 1-0 going into the third period, the Canucks, who lead the Northwest Division but are just 1-3-2 in their past six games, evened things after just over a minute had elapsed.
Union approves realignment
The NHL Players' Association announced its approval of the league's realignment proposal, which would begin next season pending a vote next week by the board of governors.
The plan would eliminate the two-conference, six-division setup that has been in place since 1998-99 and replace it with a two-conference, four-division setup, with teams more geographically aligned.
The reshuffling was spurred by complaints from Western Conference teams about heavy travel.
Under the plan, the Eastern Conference would have 16 teams, the Western Conference 14.
Columbus and Detroit, two teams in the Eastern time zone but currently in the Western Conference, would join the clubs in the Eastern time zone.
Vancouver, Minnesota and other teams in the West will have their travel burdens significantly eased by the new setup.