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Umberger's 3rd-period goal makes McElhinney a winner in Blue Jackets debut, 3-1 over Canucks

Sunday, 10.20.2013 / 8:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Umberger's 3rd-period goal makes McElhinney a winner in Blue Jackets debut, 3-1 over Canucks

COLUMBUS, Ohio - R.J. Umberger scored his first goal of the season with 8:46 left and the Columbus Blue Jackets ended a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.

Curtis McElhinney, making his first appearance for the Blue Jackets in place of Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky, had 37 saves.

Marian Gaborik and Ryan Johansen also scored for the Blue Jackets, who won for the first time at home this season after losing their first two.

Henrik Sedin had the goal for the Canucks. Eddie Lack stopped 26 shots in place of Roberto Luongo, given a night off.

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