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Kristian Huselius scores late to give Blue Jackets win over Canucks

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Kristian Huselius scored off Rick Nash's blue-collar assist with 4:44 left and Columbus beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Monday night, giving the Blue Jackets their first win this season after allowing the first goal.

Columbus came in 0-6-3 when the opponent scored first, becoming the last team in the NHL to win after falling behind 1-0.

Rookie Steve Mason improved to 6-2-1 in his first professional season, stopping 29 shots. The Canucks peppered him with shots while on the power play late in the game after pulling goaltender Cory Schneider for a two-man advantage. Mason's best save came with his glove on the ice on a shot by Kyle Wellwood, who had Vancouver's first goal.

The Canucks, already without Roberto Luongo, lost goaltender Curtis Sanford to back spasms during the game.

Fredrik Modin and Andrew Murray added goals for Columbus. Nash had two assists and Huselius had a helper to go with his winner.

Kevin Bieksa gave Vancouver a 2-1 lead early in the final period. Alexander Edler had two assists for the first time in his 120-game NHL career. The Canucks are 0-2 to start a seven-game road trip.

Nash had two defenders draped on him as he carried the puck out of the corner and over the left dot before feeding Huselius, who was all alone at the right side of the crease for his ninth goal of the year.

The Canucks threatened for much of the final two minutes. Mason thrust his arms in the air in celebration - or was it relief? - as the final horn sounded.

After a scoreless first period, the Canucks broke through with five seconds left in a power play early in the second. Edler's hard shot from the left point was stopped by Mason, with the puck bouncing to Daniel Sedin, wedged between two defenders in the slot. Defenceman Fedor Tyutin kicked the puck away from him but it went directly to Wellwood who had a clear shot.

Columbus defenceman Marc Methot saved a goal soon after. Mason got a piece of Bieksa's shot and the puck flipped over Mason's head. Methot dived to the ice to whisk the puck away with his glove as it was tumbling toward the goal line.

The Blue Jackets tied the game when Huselius carried the puck to the net and then saucered a pass to Modin in the high slot. Modin had to settle the puck before firing it past rookie Cory Schneider, who replaced Sanford in goal after the first period.

Sanford left with back spasms. He stopped all 11 shots he faced.

The power-play goals were a rarity for both teams. The Canucks had scored on just five of their previous 46 chances with a man advantage, while the Blue Jackets - last in the NHL at a 9.9 per cent success rate with a man advantage - were just two of their last 52 power-play opportunities.

Bieksa then added another power-play goal early in third on a one-timer from the right point off a setup from Henrik Sedin.

Murray then evened it again when he backhanded in a rebound of Mike Commodore's drive from the point.

Notes: The game was the 300th home game for the Blue Jackets (137-121-18-24). ... The loss was the third in a row for the Canucks. ... Methot has assists in his last three games, the longest points streak in his career.

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