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Blue Jackets shut out Canucks, two points out of wild card in East

Bobrovsky makes 21 saves, Columbus ends three-game skid

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

Anderson goes top shelf in 1st

CBJ@VAN: Anderson beats Demko with wicked wrister

Josh Anderson picks up a loose puck, skates in on Thatcher Demko and roofs a shot on the short side to open the scoring

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VANCOUVER -- The Columbus Blue Jackets moved within two points of the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference with a 5-0 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Sunday.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 21 saves in his seventh shutout of the season for Columbus (41-30-4), which picked up a point on the Montreal Canadiens in the wild-card race; the Canadiens lost 2-1 in overtime at the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.

"Must win. We needed a win tonight," said forward Josh Anderson, who had two goals and one assist. "You look at the standings and every team is winning, not really helping us out too much, so yeah, must win."

 

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Bobrovsky returned after missing a 4-1 loss against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday because of an upper-body injury and made two tough saves against Canucks forward Loui Eriksson in the opening minute.

"I felt pretty good. I felt comfortable to play and I thought guys helped me a lot out there," Bobrovsky said. "It's a good team win."

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Pierre-Luc Dubois had a goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets, which ended a three-game losing streak (0-2-1).

"I thought we played one of or more complete games, albeit I think against a tired team, but it's a team that works hard," Columbus coach John Tortorella said. "It's an important win for us, obviously."

Thatcher Demko made 28 saves for Vancouver (32-34-10), which is seven points behind the Colorado Avalanche for the second wild card in the Western Conference with six games remaining. Vancouver lost at home for the second straight night after being defeated 3-1 by the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

"It was a desperate team we played," Demko said. "I don't think they let up at all. They played a pretty structured game, a pretty solid game throughout."

Anderson made it 1-0 with a wrist shot from the right face-off circle at 16:19 of the first period for his 25th goal of the season.

"We knew the first goal was going to be really important," Anderson said. "After we got that first one, we had a little more jump in our game. We didn't have any passengers tonight. Everyone was on board."

Video: CBJ@VAN: Dubois picks the corner from the high slot

Dubois, who didn't have a point in the previous 11 games, scored 56 seconds into the second period with a high-blocker wrist shot from above the hash marks. It was his first goal since Feb. 23.

"It feels good to score, don't get me wrong, but if you look at the past couple games I couldn't buy a point so it's a little frustrating," Dubois said. "I'd look at the scoring chance sheet after the past five or six games and I was second or third on the team and you're like, 'How did I not get a point out of all this?' It feels good. A big game, a big win."

Ryan Dzingel made it 3-0 at 6:02 when he chipped a backhand over Demko's glove from just above the crease.

Oliver Bjorkstrand gave Columbus a 4-0 lead with a wrist shot from the high slot at 7:32 of the third period, and Anderson scored his second of the game on a 2-on-1 at 10:54 for the 5-0 final.

Video: CBJ@VAN: Bjorkstrand wires wrister top shelf in 3rd

Bobrovsky made his best saves on one-timers in the slot from Bo Horvat and Markus Granlund in the second period to help preserve his 31st NHL shutout.

It was the 10th time the Canucks have been shut out this season, the most in the NHL.

"That wasn't our strongest game at all," Horvat said. "Give them credit; they played a really good game. We knew they were going to come hard. Our first (period) was OK, but they just kept coming and coming. We couldn't get any traction."

 

They said it

"We have to treat every game from now on as a must win, really. This is the time of year where it's fun hockey. We are playing for something here, we all know that and we have to look forward to our next game and start early and get our game going." -- Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson

"They are a good team playing a desperate game, battling for their lives. We hung in there in the first period. Coming off [Saturday] night's game with a lot of emotion, I thought the first felt a little bit like that and then we cracked in the second." -- Canucks coach Travis Green

 

Need to know

Anderson has nine points (four goals, five assists) in his past six games. … Columbus went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and has killed 80 of 88 (90.9 percent) since Dec. 31. … Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno missed his fourth straight game on personal leave. … Canucks forward Sven Baertschi returned after missing 23 games with post-concussion symptoms. … Vancouver forward Tyler Motte sustained an upper-body injury in the second period and did not return. Green said Motte will be re-evaluated within the next couple of days.

 

What's next

Blue Jackets: Host the New York Islanders on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; TVAS, FS-O, MSG+, NHL.TV)

Canucks: Host the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; SNP, PRIME, NHL.TV)

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