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The Goods: The Ehr up there

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks

You want to know what happened in the Canucks game and you want to know now. We get it. Here’s the bare bones recap of Vancouver’s 4-3 overtime win over Columbus.

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…Christian Ehrhoff played the puck off the boards from an Alex Burrows point shot and put it past Steve Mason for the overtime game-winner in a 4-3 victory over Columbus.

In 2009-10 Canucks style, the team, continuing its epic road trip, gave up the game’s opening goal and even trailed 2-0 through 20 minutes before turning things around.

Burrows and Pavol Demitra tied the game with second period goals, while the Blue Jackets responded with a late score to force Vancouver’s fourth comeback effort in its last nine games.

The Canucks, the NHL’s best come-from-behind team at 8-15-1 when trailing after the second, got a late goal from Kyle Wellwood and continued to press as time ran out.

Still carrying momentum, Vancouver outshot Columbus 2-1 in the extra frame with Ehrhoff’s score, his third game-winner of the season, securing the visitors an extra point.

Vancouver is now 6-2 in overtime this season.

Carrying around such a heavy gold medal gave Roberto Luongo neck cramps, so backup Andrew Raycroft got the start in his place.

Raycroft put on a performance worthy of a medal of his own.

In his 10th start of the season, Rayzor allowed a pair of first period goals, both from skaters flying down the right wing who cut in on goal, but settled into a groove thereafter stopping 22 of his final 23 shots faced.

A pair of saves on Columbus’ Rick Nash, one from point blank range at the end of the second and the other a third period stop from 10 feet out, were Raycroft’s best of his seventh win this year.

Kyle Wellwood didn’t play big minutes against Columbus, he skated for only 13:08, but he took advantage of it scoring and picking up an assist to pace Vancouver’s comeback.

Wellwood helped open the scoring with a deft backwards pass through his legs to Burrows, he in turn beat Grant Clitsome to the puck and put it past Mason.

With the third period evaporating, Wellwood stepped up and finished a play off a pass from Mason Raymond in front. Demitra and Raymond did the heavy lifting as they forechecked to force a turnover, then Wellwood put himself in position to the right of Mason, stick on the ice, ready to even the game up.

That’s exactly what he did.

Wellwood now has eight goals and nine helpers in 55 contests; this was his third multi-point game of the year.

The Canucks keep taking a wrong turn and heading down the difficult road to success, luckily they continue to make it through safely.

Red flags were flying through this game as not only did Vancouver gave up the game’s first goal for the 10th time in 11 games and 34th time this season, the Canucks trailed going into the third period for the 23rd time.

You’ll never guess which team is tops in the league in comebacks after giving up the opening goal and when trailing after 40 minutes.

The Canucks improve to 8-15-1 when down after the second period and 16-16-2 when giving up the first goal.

Hockey’s Christmas, the Trade Deadline, plays out Wednesday and ends hours before the Canucks square off against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.

The first of two back-to-backs for Vancouver over its next eight games could see some new players in the line-up, or none at all. Either way, another two points is on the line, an important pair that could put the Canucks up four on the Colorado Avalanche for top spot in the Northwest Division.

NUMB3RS

3 - Game-winning goals for Christian Ehrhoff.

6 - Game point streak for Ryan Kesler (2-4-6).

8 - Comeback wins for the Canucks (8-15-1).

16 - Wins for Vancouver when giving up the first goal (16-16-2).

27 - Saves for Andrew Raycroft in his seventh win.

OFFENCE

Kyle Wellwood did more than provide secondary scoring, he was a big factor with two points in the win. Alex Burrows also had two points, while 11 Canucks had singles or better.

Vancouver outshot Columbus 31-30.

DEFENCE

Vancouver's defence was sloppy on all three Columbus goals as this wasn't the greatest outing on the backend. Good thing Andrew Raycroft was sharp all game long for the 101st win of his career.

SPECIAL TEAMS

The Canucks were spectacular on the penalty kill holding the Jackets to only three shots in going 0-for-6 on the power play. Vancouver had one score on the man advantage to finish 1-for-4.

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