Vancouver Canucks beat Columbus
Henrik Sedin scored twice and twin brother Daniel Sedin had a goal and two assists as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-2.
The Associated Press
VANCOUVER, B.C. – Henrik Sedin scored twice and twin brother Daniel Sedin had a goal and two assists as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-2 on Friday night.
Alex Edler, Zack Kassian and Jeremy Welsh — with his first career NHL goal — also scored as the Canucks snapped a five-game losing streak and handed Columbus its fifth loss in seven games.
Vancouver had scored a mere six goals over its previous five games — and was held to one goal in four of them. Daniel Sedin’s points snapped a six-game pointless drought — his first such streak since 2002-03.
Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo had to make a mere 14 saves as Vancouver outshot Columbus 35-16.
Matt Calvert and Artem Anisimov scored for the Blue Jackets, and Sergei Bobrovsky had 29 saves.
In a bid to get more scoring, Canucks coach John Tortorella split up the Sedins at times, and played them together at others. The moves worked as Vancouver outshot Columbus by a wide margin in the first 19 minutes and was finally rewarded with a goal in the closing seconds of the first period.
Calvert opened the scoring on a fine individual play — and his club’s first shot — 2:47 into the game.
Daniel Sedin tied the score with 16 seconds left in the first period as he circled the net and beat Bobrovsky with a high wrist shot from a sharp angle.
Kassian put the Canucks ahead 2-1 with 7:55 left in the second period as Bobrovsky somehow let the puck trickle through when he had the angle covered and Kassian shot right at him.
Henrik Sedin gave the Canucks a 3-1 lead with 6:01 left in the period as he jammed in his own rebound after Bobrovsksy stopped Daniel Sedin’s high shot. Edler scored 16 seconds later as his shot was deflected by a Columbus player and went in off the goal post.
Henrik Sedin got credit for his second goal of the night after Daniel Sedin’s shot from the point appeared to hit him and Columbus defenseman Nikita Nikitin.
The Canucks host the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.
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