Canucks drop another

Roberto Luongo reacts to a Columbus goal as the Canucks are still winless after losing 5-3 at home...

Roberto Luongo reacts to a Columbus goal as the Canucks are still winless after losing 5-3 at home to the Blue Jackets Monday. (CARMINE MARINELLI, 24 HOURS)

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So when is it time to panic? In another disappointing defeat, this time during their home opener yesterday, the Vancouver Canucks dropped a 5-3 decision to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

In a span of three minutes and 44 seconds early in the second, Roberto Luongo allowed three goals on three straight shots, and was pulled in favour of Andrew Raycroft.

The team captain finished the night with four goals against on 12 shots, while Raycroft stopped 11 of the 12 shots he faced.

Meanwhile, Columbus' sophomore Steve Mason made 40 saves to get the win.

Henrik Sedin got his first goal of the season with 4:31 left in the first period when he found the loose puck in front of the net and put it past Mason.

Kevin Bieksa, who recorded one of the assists on Henrik's tally, could have made it 2-0 moments later on the powerplay, but he ringed the puck off the post during a goalmouth scramble.

After killing off a Canucks 5-on-3 powerplay, the Blue Jackets turned back the other way to tie the game up with just under a minute remaining in the opening frame.

Columbus came out in the middle frame lighting up Vancouver's net as Kristian Huselius got the party started for the visitors with a beautiful wrister over Luongo, while Rostislav Klesla and Nikita Filatov split goals 22 seconds apart.

Defencemen Christian Ehrhoff and Willie Mitchell both got their first goals of the year to make things interesting, but Blue Jackets defenceman Fedor Tytutin sealed the deal with a powerplay marker with just under four minutes remaining.

Vancouver's second line looked ineffective all night long, going a combined minus-8. Rookie Sergei Shirokov took the fall for it, playing only three shifts in the second period and dropped to the fourth line by the end of the night.

Despite recording 43 shots, the Canucks also missed the net 18 times and had 23 shot attempts blocked.

B.C. boy goaltender Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens make their one and only visit this season Wednesday, when the Canucks hope to finally earn their first win.


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