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Blue Jackets 6, Canucks 5, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Blue Jackets 6, Canucks 5, SO
Columbus Blue Jackets 6, Vancouver Canucks 5

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -Rick Nash lived up to his role as both the Columbus Blue Jackets' leader and leading scorer.

The Columbus captain, back after missing four because of a knee injury, had a goal and two assists in regulation and scored the decisive shootout goal in the Blue Jackets' wild 6-5 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.

"There's a reason he's the captain," Columbus newcomer Jason Williams said. "He's not the most vocal guy, but he leads by example ad his work ethic and he did both tonight."

Williams also scored in regulation and the shootout as the Blue Jackets overcame a two-goal deficit late in the second period, then recovered after blowing a two-goal lead of their own early in the third

Nash sparked Columbus' comeback late in the second period, helping to set up Williams' power-play goal with 3 minutes left, then tying it at 3 on a wraparound 2 minutes later. Mike Commodore and Raffi Torres then scored 55 seconds apart early in the third to give the Blue Jackets a 5-3 lead.

The Canucks called a timeout and quickly tied it again on goals by Henrik Sedin, on a power play, and Kevin Bieksa 90 seconds apart. The second one went in off Nash as he tried to tie up Mats Sundin at the side of the net, making shootout redemption - on a shot past Roberto Luongo's blocker - even sweeter.

"It was just a bad break, but that's the beauty of the game," said Nash, who leads Columbus with 18 goals and 42 points. "It was nice to get that winner."

Manny Malhotra also scored, and Kristian Huselius had two assists as the Blue Jackets won for the fourth time in five games to move just two points back of the slumping Canucks for seventh in the Western Conference.

"It was tough back and forth, they got a couple of lucky ones, off my body and things like that but we stuck with it and showed our character," Nash said.

Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock wasn't even sure about sending Williams out in the shootout, not with his right eye almost swollen shut after a high stick midway through the third period that required stitches under the eyebrow.

"The problem was he only had one eye," Hitchcock said of Williams, who was playing his second game after being acquired last week in a trade with Atlanta. "I asked him if he could see and he said he could, so I let him go."

Steve Mason, who came into the game with the NHL's best goals-against average (1.81) and second-best save percentage (.936), was beaten five times on 30 shots. But the 20-year-old rookie stopped Kyle Wellwood's shot and forced Sundin to shoot wide in the shootout, improving to 17-10-1 this season.

Luongo, playing his second game after missing almost two months with a groin injury, made 23 saves before Williams and Nash beat him in the shootout.

"It was pretty cool to go up against him, growing up he was somebody I liked watching," Mason said. "But it wasn't a great game for either one of us."

Sundin, Taylor Pyatt and Steve Bernier also scored for the Canucks, who recorded their only point in a five-game homestand (0-4-1). They fell to 1-6 in shootouts this season, and have just two wins in their last 10 games overall.

Vancouver also lost forward Pavol Demitra to a second-period groin injury

"Momentum is a funny thing," said coach Alain Vigneault. "I really liked the way we played there for 35 minutes. For a period there 6 minutes we gave them a few chances and they scored four goals."

Nash got off to a quick start after being out almost two weeks, setting up Malholtra midway through the first period. Malhotra went unchecked to the net to tap Nash's centering pass through Luongo's legs after combining with linemate Huselius on some pretty tic-tac-toe passing into the offensive zone.

Nash was stopped on a breakaway 2:30 into the second period, and Sundin gave the Canucks a 2-1 lead on a 2-on-1 down low 41 seconds later. Bernier made it 3-1 midway through the period before Nash helped spark a Columbus comeback.

Defenseman Kris Russell took a pass from Nash, faked a shot from the point that dropped Luongo to the ice, and slipped the puck over to Williams.

Williams one-timed a shot before Luongo recovered as Columbus converted its first advantage of the game with 2:56 left in the second period.

"He's been a great addition," said Nash, who tied it on a wraparound with 1:01 left in the period. "Power play, we need the help there."

Commodore wired a shot past Luongo after he lost his goal stick 1:16 into the third period and Torres, playing his second game since missing 19 after knee surgery, banged in his own rebound of a wraparound less than a minute later.

"Obviously, we all know Roberto can play better," Vigneault said. "He's a key ingredient to the success of our team."

Notes: To make room for Nash's return, Columbus sent Craig MacDonald, who had a goal and an assist in eight games, down to Syracuse of the American Hockey League earlier in the day. ... G Wade Dubielewicz, who was claimed off waivers from the New York Islanders after spending the first half of the season in Russia, joined the Blue Jackets in Vancouver late Saturday night and backed up Sunday. Vancouver played its 3,000th game in franchise history.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:43
VAN
Taylor Pyatt (5) ASST: Henrik Sedin (35), Daniel Sedin (25)
1 - 0 VAN
10:27
CBJ
Manny Malhotra (6) ASST: Rick Nash (23), Kristian Huselius (17)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
03:14
VAN
Mats Sundin (2) ASST: Pavol Demitra (12), Jannik Hansen (14)
2 - 1 VAN
12:25
VAN
Steve Bernier (11) ASST: Ryan Kesler (16), Alexandre Burrows (12)
3 - 1 VAN
17:04
CBJ
PPG - Jason Williams (8) ASST: Kris Russell (8), Rick Nash (24)
3 - 2 VAN
18:57
CBJ
Rick Nash (18) ASST: Michael Peca (9), Kristian Huselius (18)
3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
01:16
CBJ
Mike Commodore (4) ASST: R.J. Umberger (11), Jan Hejda (7)
4 - 3 CBJ
02:11
CBJ
Raffi Torres (2) ASST: Jared Boll (6)
5 - 3 CBJ
04:37
VAN
PPG - Henrik Sedin (8) ASST: Alexander Edler (15), Kevin Bieksa (18)
5 - 4 CBJ
06:07
VAN
Kevin Bieksa (6) ASST: Willie Mitchell (13)
5 - 5 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDVANCBJ
1K. WellwoodJ. Williams
2M. SundinR. Nash
penalty summary
1st Period
03:26
CBJ
Manny Malhotra  Tripping against  Ryan Kesler
10:38
CBJ
R.J. Umberger  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Kesler
10:38
VAN
Ryan Kesler  Fighting (maj) against  R.J. Umberger
17:12
CBJ
Manny Malhotra  Roughing against  Alexandre Burrows
17:12
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Roughing against  Manny Malhotra
19:25
CBJ
Jason Williams  Hooking against  Alexandre Burrows
2nd Period
04:24
VAN
Rob Davison  Misconduct (10 min) against  Derek Dorsett
04:24
CBJ
Derek Dorsett  Misconduct (10 min) against  Rob Davison
04:24
VAN
Rob Davison  Roughing against  Derek Dorsett
04:24
CBJ
Derek Dorsett  Roughing against  Rob Davison
04:24
CBJ
Kris Russell  Slashing against  Daniel Sedin
15:09
CBJ
Jared Boll  Fighting (maj) against  Darcy Hordichuk
15:09
VAN
Darcy Hordichuk  Fighting (maj) against  Jared Boll
15:47
VAN
Jannik Hansen  Tripping against  Kris Russell
3rd Period
04:07
CBJ
Freddy Modin  Tripping against  Kevin Bieksa
17:41
CBJ
Rick Nash  Roughing against  Willie Mitchell
17:41
VAN
Willie Mitchell  Roughing against  Rick Nash
OT Period
01:47
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Hooking against  Kris Russell
goalie stats
Steve Mason
SA: 30TOI: 65:00
Saves: 25EV: 21 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .833SH: 0 - 0
Roberto Luongo
SA: 28TOI: 65:00
Saves: 23EV: 20 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .821SH: 1 - 1