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Game 10: Luckless in Columbus

by Daniel Fung / Vancouver Canucks
For the second time in as many days the Canucks turned in a strong performance but didn't get the just reward for their efforts.

R.J. Umberger's goal just past the midway mark of the third period broke a 1-1 tie and proved to be the eventual game-winner as the Canucks dropped a 3-1 decision at the Nationwide Arena and saw their record on their current seven-game road trip drop to 2-1-1.

Henrik Sedin had the lone goal for the Canucks while Marian Gaborik and Ryan Johansen also tallied for the Blue Jackets, who snapped their four-game losing streak with the victory.

For the second straight game the Canucks dominated their opponent on the shot clock but couldn't get any pucks beyond Henrik's tally past Curtis McElhinney, who started the game in place of reigning Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky.

Whenever the Canucks had their chances they were stymied time and time again by the Columbus back-up netminder who finished the night stopping 37 of 38 shots he faced.

Eddie Lack, making his second career NHL start, was solid in the loss stopping 26 of the 28 shots he faced including making several nifty saves on an extended Blue Jackets 5-on-3 man-advantage during the second period.

The Canucks continue their road trip on Tuesday when they take on Michael Grabner and the New York Islanders.

STREAK SNAPPER: It's been quite a while since the Canucks played a game against the Blue Jackets and didn't have something to show for it. Their loss today snapped a 14-game regulation unbeaten streak (12-0-2) against Columbus which dated all the way back to the 2009.10 season. Prior to tonight, Vancouver had not lost a regulation game to Columbus since October 5, 2009.

POWER SURGE: Henrik Sedin's power play marker in the second period snapped a seven-game streak where the Canucks had failed to register a power play goal. Prior to Sunday, Vancouver had not capitalized on the man-advantage since their second game of the season when Daniel Sedin beat Edmonton's Devan Dubnyk in the second period of a 6-2 win.

TIDBITS: Jeremy Welsh made his Canucks debut and was noticeable early with a couple of early scoring chances. He finished the night with two shots and one hit in just over four minutes of playing time. He sported the No. 13 which was last worn by Steve Pinizzotto...Henrik Sedin extended his team-leading point streak to five games (2-4-6)...Columbus head coach Todd Richards celebrated his 47th birthday on Sunday and improved to 3-0 all-time when coaching on his birthday (NHL and AHL).

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