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Calvert's great goal gives Blue Jackets OT win

Friday, 03.08.2013 / 12:53 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets are finding some comfort at home.

Matt Calvert scored on an outstanding individual effort with 57 seconds remaining in overtime to give Columbus a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night at Nationwide Arena.

Calvert took the puck in his own zone, performed a 360-spin in the neutral zone to avoid Henrik Sedin, then battled through Alex Edler on a chip-in before skating between the circles and lifting a wrist shot over Cory Schneider's glove for the game-winner.

"It was kind of a broken play off the start," Calvert said. "I got the puck by the D-man and then I saw some open ice in the middle, so I went there and saw an opening high glove side. I raised the puck and luckily it went in."

Columbus has won three in a row at home after winning once while playing seven of eight on the road. The Blue Jackets are 4-0-1 in their past five home games.

This was the ninth straight one-goal game for the Blue Jackets and the fifth straight that went past regulation.

"We had some tough losses early on, some games where we felt like we were so close to getting the result we wanted," Calvert said. "As hard as it is to persevere through that stretch, you always have to believe that games like this are on the other side.

"When you taste a close win after so many close losses, it's so much sweeter."

Vancouver has lost five of its past six games (1-3-2).

"You would like to think it's just one of those times in a season where things aren't going right for you, but I think there's still things we need to sharpen up on, clearly," Canucks forward Chris Higgins said. "One goal's not going to get the win on too many nights."

Columbus scored first off a very effective cycle by Nick Foligno, Ryan Johansen and R.J Umberger. Foligno went hard behind the net and his wraparound attempt came off the far, left post, where Umberger was waiting to slide it in 11:33 into the game.

"Our team is just being resilient," Johansen said. "We just keep grinding away and it's really showed in the last four games or so where we picked up points. We just have to keep rolling now."

Vancouver tied it 1:05 into the third period. Canucks defenseman Jason Garrison made an aggressive pinch and wheeled the puck behind the net, winding up on Dan Hamhuis' stick at the point. Hamhuis' low shot deflected off a skate to Sedin at the left post, and he lifted a shot into the center of the net over Sergei Bobrovsky, who stopped the other 34 shots he faced.

"[Bobrovsky] played a really solid game, and their team worked extremely hard in front of him," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said. "We were down by a goal after the second period. This is not an easy league to come back in, and we were able to tie it."

The Blue Jackets killed the one power play they faced, and have denied 18 in a row.

"Our penalty kill has been doing a great job when they have to step up," Johansen said. "That's definitely been a big part of our success."

Columbus forward Derek Dorsett went hard into the net early in the first period and suffered a fractured clavicle, according to the team. He's expected to miss the rest of the season.

Material from team media and wire services was used in this report

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