Dano helps Blue Jackets rally past Canucks

Kevin Woodley  - Correspondent | Friday, 03.20.2015 / 4:00 AM

VANCOUVER -- The Columbus Blue Jackets may not have much left to play for this season, but rookie center Marko Dano does.

Dano led the Blue Jackets to a come-from-behind 6-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Thursday.

Dano scored his second goal of the game 5:31 into the third period and set up Scott Hartnell's goal three minutes later as part of a run of six unanswered goals by the Blue Jackets over the final 32:56.

Columbus (32-35-4) may be 13th in the Eastern Conference, but the injury-riddled Blue Jackets have won five of six games, and Dano has three goals and four assists in the past five.

"It's a big opportunity for me to earn a spot next year," Dano said. "My time in the [American Hockey League] helped a lot, but now I am trying to play here and trying to get a spot here for next year."

Bo Horvat and Daniel Sedin scored 40 seconds apart early in the second period to put Vancouver up 2-0, but Columbus stormed ahead before the period ended.

Rene Bourque scored his second goal since being traded to Columbus from the Anaheim Ducks on March 2 at 7:04, Dano tied it less than three minutes later, and Cam Atkinson put the Blue Jackets ahead to stay with a tip-in on the power play with 1:42 left.

Dano, a 20-year-old Slovakian, made it 4-2 early in the third period after a high shot over the right side of the net bounced off the end boards to him all alone near the left post. It was the first two-goal game in the NHL for Dano, who got his first three-point game with an assist on a give-and-go off the rush that Hartnell finished off.

"His linemates are helping but he is also doing things on this own," Columbus coach Todd Richards said of Dano. "He's physical in the corners, physical in the battles, he creates a little separation, and you see some different things. He can score goals. He makes a great pass to Hartnell on his goal. There's a lot of skill and ability in him."

Richards was just as impressed with the fight in the Blue Jackets after they fell behind while playing their second road game in as many nights; they defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in a shootout Wednesday despite being outshot 47-20.

"It says a lot about our group. Down 2-0 the way the game was going, having played last night and got in late, it could have been one of those games," Richards said. "It does show a lot of character."

Richards and several Blue Jackets pointed to forward Corey Tropp's fight with former teammate Derek Dorsett at 5:05 of the second period as the spark.

"Tropper's fight gave us a lot of emotion," said Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who made 38 saves.

Bourque's goal, on a shot just inside the blue line, helped too. And when Hartnell scored 8:32 into the third period to make it 5-2, Vancouver goalie Eddie Lack was pulled one minute later. Alexander Wennberg scored an empty-net goal with 4:22 left.

"We stopped playing, and I didn't come up with those big saves either," said Lack, who made 25 saves on 30 shots. "That's a tough one for us."

Vancouver (40-26-4) is one point ahead of the Calgary Flames for second place in the Pacific Division and two points up on the Los Angeles Kings, who are ninth in the Western Conference.

"I think for whatever reason, we sat back," Canucks coach Willie Desjardins said. "That was a big game for us not to have our best game."

It started well for Vancouver. The Canucks outshot the Blue Jackets 8-1 in the first three-and-a-half minutes and 20-10 in the first period, but they couldn't beat Bobrovsky.

"Getting through the first period 0-0, our goaltender made some big saves, and we started to get our legs late in the first period," Richards said. "Then Tropp sticking up for a teammate sparked our team."

The Canucks finally scored three minutes into the second period after a Jack Johnson pass coming out of the Blue Jackets zone bounced off the stick of Columbus center Mark Letestu and right to Horvat in the high slot. The 19-year-old rookie quickly shot his 12th goal past Bobrovsky on the glove side.

Sedin doubled the lead on the next shift, knocking his rebound in from a sharp angle after Bobrovsky stopped his wraparound attempt.

Bobrovsky made another great save in tight a little more than three minutes later, and Columbus got back into the game when Lack misplayed a long shot by Bourque on the ensuing rush. Bourque crossed the blue line before a slap shot that hit defenseman Christopher Tanev's stick before going in off Lack's glove.

"It dove on me. I don't know what to say," said Lack, who was making his 13th straight appearance with No.1 goalie Ryan Miller injured and expected to miss the rest of the regular season. "I usually have those."

Lack, who made a couple great saves in the first period, was beaten again midway through the second when Dano was alone in the slot to his left and Artem Anisimov found him with a pass from behind the net to the goalie's right. Dano's one-timer went through Lack.

The Blue Jackets took the lead on double deflection with 1:42 left in the second period. Letestu's point shot on the power play was tipped by Atkinson in the high slot before hitting the skate of defenseman Alexander Edler and bouncing between Lack's legs.

Instead of coming back in the third period, Vancouver fell further behind.

"We come out and we say all the right things in here, but then we come out and we ... I thought we started cheating," Canucks captain Henrik Sedin said. "We're down 3-2. We don't need to score right away. We can keep playing the right way and get pucks deep. They looked tired for the most part of the game, and still we gave away the game."

The Blue Jackets were without defenseman Ryan Murray, who was injured against the Oilers, and center Brandon Dubinsky, who was sent back to Columbus with an undisclosed injury.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
03:00VAN Bo Horvat (12) ASST: NONE 1 - 0 VAN
03:40VAN Daniel Sedin (15) ASST: Henrik Sedin (46), Alexandre Burrows (14) 2 - 0 VAN
07:04CBJ Rene Bourque (4) ASST: Ryan Johansen (37) 2 - 1 VAN
10:01CBJ Marko Dano (6) ASST: Artem Anisimov (14), Nick Foligno (38) 2 - 2 Tie
18:18CBJ PPG - Cam Atkinson (16) ASST: Mark Letestu (4), Jack Johnson (27) 3 - 2 CBJ
3rd Period
05:31CBJ Marko Dano (7) ASST: Alexander Wennberg (13) 4 - 2 CBJ
08:32CBJ Scott Hartnell (22) ASST: Marko Dano (7), David Savard (17) 5 - 2 CBJ
15:38CBJ EN - Alexander Wennberg (3) ASST: NONE 6 - 2 CBJ
Three Stars of the Game
Marko Dano
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 17:59
Ryan Johansen
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:32
Bo Horvat
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 14:55
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:00CBJ Corey Tropp  Hooking against  Chris Higgins
2nd Period
05:05CBJ Corey Tropp  Fighting (maj) against  Derek Dorsett
05:05VAN Derek Dorsett  Fighting (maj) against  Corey Tropp
14:39CBJ Scott Hartnell  Holding against  Henrik Sedin
17:23VAN Yannick Weber  Hooking against  Artem Anisimov
3rd Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/10/2
Faceoff Wins3526
Blocked Shots1814
Penalty Minutes97
4K. ConnautonD0022017:27
7J. JohnsonD0101021:19
12R. CraigC00-1107:34
13C. AtkinsonR10-14017:36
19R. JohansenC0112017:32
26C. TroppR0000711:56
29C. GoloubefD0022018:52
32R. BourqueR1008015:14
40J. BollR00-1209:10
41A. WennbergC1132017:09
42A. AnisimovC0111015:47
43S. HartnellL1032216:46
47D. ProutD0010020:55
51F. TyutinD0010020:19
55M. LetestuC01-11012:26
56M. DanoR2133017:59
58D. SavardD0100020:13
71N. FolignoL0122017:46
72S. Bobrovsky3840.95060:00
2D. HamhuisD00-11020:48
3K. BieksaD00-22020:13
5L. SbisaD00-11019:10
6Y. WeberD0001218:28
7L. VeyR00-10013:54
8C. TanevD00-11017:18
13N. BoninoC00-22013:57
14A. BurrowsR01-12015:14
17R. VrbataR00-36017:06
20C. HigginsL00-21016:45
22D. SedinL10-15014:49
23A. EdlerD00-12021:09
27S. MatthiasC00-11013:24
33H. SedinC01-14017:14
36J. HansenR0013016:24
41R. KeninsL0014015:26
51D. DorsettR00-10513:30
53B. HorvatC1014014:55
31E. Lack2530.83349:28
35J. Markstrom221.0009:53