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Top line, Markstrom lead Canucks past Blue Jackets

by Craig Merz /

COLUMBUS -- Henrik Sedin scored twice in the third period and had an assist and Jacob Markstrom made 42 saves in his season debut to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-3 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday.

Brandon Sutter broke a 3-3 tie with 5:08 left, Daniel Sedin had a goal and three assists and Jannik Hansen set a career high with four points for the Vancouver Canucks (7-4-5), who ended a three-game losing streak.

"With that line, it seems like we're going to have to skate guys through," Canucks coach Willie Desjardins said of the Sedins and Hansen. "Guys seem to have big games then the line seems to tail off."

Boone Jenner had a goal and an assist and Ryan Johansen had two assists and Sergei Bobrovsky had 25 saves for Columbus (4-12-0), which has lost all six home games in regulation while being outscored 29-13. The Blue Jackets are 4-5-0 under John Tortorella since he was named coach Oct. 21.

Markstrom sustained a hamstring injury Oct. 6 and was recalled from a rehabilitation stint with Utica of the American Hockey League on Monday.

"I'm happy I'm back in net. I enjoyed every second of it," he said.

Cam Atkinson gave Columbus a 3-2 lead at 8:01 of the third with a shorthanded goal, but it lasted until 10:05 when Henrik Sedin tipped in a centering pass from Hansen.

Henrik Sedin scored an empty-net goal with 1:39 left.

"I thought we were playing very well," Tortorella said. "We had two power-play goals. We scored a shorthanded goal to go up 3-2, working, forechecking, creating chance after chance, but we just find a way to lose.

"Their goals were just freebies. We worked hard to go ahead 3-2, then we gave them freebies. It was much too easy for them to score and I'll leave it at that."

To put the game away was significant because the Canucks have lost five games in overtime. Each of their losses has been by one goal.

"It was a great win for us," Markstrom said. "It really showed character in the third being down. Coming back in regulation is huge, something we've been missing earlier in the season."

It was another disappointing setback for Columbus after winning two of three in California and appearing to be headed in the right direction.

"I thought we were good for most of the game," Jenner said. "There in the third period, that's some crucial minutes. You're up a goal at home. You've got to bear down there. We've got to do better at that point in the game Even when they tied it up, we have to do a better job of pushing back for another one."

Two games after setting a Blue Jackets record with no shots on goal in the second period against the Los Angeles Kings, they had 22 against Markstrom in the second but failed to score.

"We threw a lot of shots on net," Jenner said. "We did a good job of creating chances off the forecheck."

Jenner and Jack Johnson had power-play goals for the Blue Jackets in the first period; Daniel Sedin and Hansen set up each other for Vancouver's goals, which were scored at even strength.

"That is a game we have to learn from," Tortorella said. "We have to win that game. There were a number of good things in the game, but we found a way to lose. That's not good."

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