BLUE JACKETS 6 | CANUCKS 2
Ryan Craig Post Game
Marko Dano Post Game
Dano's Second Goal
Scott Hartnell Goal
ANALYSIS: On cue, the Blue Jackets played a much better second period and will carry a lead into the third period at Rogers Arena. Two early goals by the Canucks served as a wake-up call for the Jackets, who owed that scoreless first period to their goaltender and needed to get a few pucks in the net to support him. Down 2-0, they went to work and found their game; Rene Bourque kick-started the rally with a slap shot through a Vancouver defenseman that fooled Eddie Lack. Then it was a beautiful passing play between Foligno, Anisimov and Dano, with Anisimov hitting Dano from behind the net for a bang-bang play that tied the game 2-2. Cam Atkinson's power play goal late in the period was a nifty one, re-directing a point shot from Mark Letestu through Lack's five-hole to give the Jackets a lead after 40. Shots are 28-21 favoring the Canucks.
Rene Bourque Goal
Marko Dano Goal
Cam Atkinson Goal
ANALYSIS: Welcome back to the net, Sergei Bobrovsky. The Blue Jackets and Canucks played at a wicked pace in the first period, combining for 20 shots only six minutes in. By the 13-minute mark, the Canucks were up to 19 shots on goal and they finished the period with 20 total. The Blue Jackets got 10 pucks on Eddie Lack and picked up their game late in the period, but it was all Vancouver at the start and they were quite fortunate to skate off to the dressing room in a scoreless tie. Bobrovsky came up big on multiple occasions, including a couple of flashy stops in the first eight minutes when the Canucks were pushing hard. The Blue Jackets hopefully have their heavy travel legs out of the system now, and they'll need to get back to a skating, forechecking game in the second period.
UPDATE (8:00 PM): Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards just met with the media at Rogers Arena. Here are some lineup updates...
- Ryan Murray is "banged up" according to Richards and will not play tonight. His absence is precautionary after taking a hard hit last night in Edmonton.
- Cody Goloubef takes Murray's spot in the lineup and could pair with Fedor Tyutin, a familiar pairing over the last couple of months.
- Sergei Bobrovsky starts in goal.
- Brandon Dubinsky (upper body) has returned to Columbus to get further evaluation on an upper body injury that kept him out of last night's game in Edmonton. Richards said the injury is not a concussion.
We're on to Vancouver!
We hope everyone slept in this morning because we know you stayed up for another exciting shootout win over the Oilers. In what felt like a carbon-copy of the last meeting between these teams, the Jackets and Oilers went back and forth before Alexander Wennberg finished things off with the shootout winner once again. The win snapped a winless drought that stretched all the way back to 2010. Now that they've broken the Rexall Hex, the Jackets look to bust a similar skid at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
The Jackets are 0-4-3 in their last seven visits to Vancouver, winless since October 2009. They face a Canucks team that has won four of its past five and is jockeying for playoff seeding in the Pacific Division. The Jackets have won four of five as well, taking three of those wins beyond overtime.
Here are some pre-game nuggets:
- The Blue Jackets will not hold a formal morning skate today after playing last night. It's their 17th back-to-back of the season.
- Curtis McElhinney stood on his head in Edmonton and reminded fans just how well he played during the absence of starter Sergei Bobrovsky. Eddie Lack has been doing a similar act in Vancouver with Ryan Miller expected out until the playoffs. Since Feb. 22 when Miller went down, Lack has gone 6-2-1.
- Artem Anisimov was in the lineup last night in Edmonton after missing Monday's practice in Columbus. Brandon Dubinsky was expected to join him after taking the morning skate, but it was determined after pregame warmups that he would not be able to play due to an injury sustained against the Hurricanes on Sunday. We await Todd Richards' pregame press conference for an update on his status.
- The Jackets have been short-handed 12 times in the last two games. They have surrendered power play goals in nine straight games, 15 total over that stretch, and the penalty kill has sunk to 24th in the league (78.8 percent). The Canucks power play is 20th in the NHL (17.2 percent) and is just 1-for-12 over their past five games