The Jackets fail to make it 4 in a row
The Columbus Blue Jackets had their four game winning streak stopped on Friday night; falling 4-3 to the Vancouver Canucks. The Nationwide Arena saw a crowd of 16,564 in the loss. The Blue Jackets led after two periods 3-2, but saw Vancouver score two late goals to seal the deal.
The Blue Jackets leading scorer Rick Nash got the party started just 0:22 into the game with his 27th goal of the season. The goal was assisted by Antoine Vermette and Fedor Tyutin. The Canucks came back with a goal at the 2:08 mark behind Nolan Baumgartner’s first goal of the season. Alex Burrows and Daniel Sedin assisted on the goal. Just 0:30 later the Blue Jackets re-took the lead behind Jared Boll’s fourth goal of the season.
The second period was a bit quieter, with just two goals; coming within 9 seconds of each other. After almost 11 minutes of scoreless play, Raffi Torres scored his 18th goal of the season, with assists from Jakub Vorachek and Derick Brassard. Right off the face-off, the Canucks scored their second goal of the game when Kyle Wellwood netted his 7th of the season. There was just four penalty minutes in the entire period, after 6 in the first period.
The final period was all Vancouver, scoring both the goals. Sami Salo’s 6th goal of the season tied the game at 2, and Mikael Samuelsson scored his 20th of the season with just under 12 minutes to go in the game. Both teams finished with 35 shots, while the Blue Jackets were called for 10 penalty minutes to the Canucks 4.
The loss for the Blue Jackets was the first under new head coach Claude Noel. Columbus will host the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday in their final game before the Olympic break.