Canucks notch the big five-oh

Vancouver Canucks' Alexandre Burrows (L) fights for the puck with Columbus Blue Jackets' Fedor...

Vancouver Canucks' Alexandre Burrows (L) fights for the puck with Columbus Blue Jackets' Fedor Tyutin (right) during the first period of their NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, March 27, 2011. (Reuters)

HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:55 PM ET

The records are piling up for the Canucks.

Just two days after setting new franchise marks for most points and road wins in a season, Vancouver racked up their 50th victory Sunday, downing the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1. The milestone win at Nationwide Arena bests the previous record of 49 – set in 2006-07 and 2009-10 – and gives the Canucks their eighth straight victory away from home, tying another club record.

But while the final score may look commanding, the game would have been much closer if it weren't for Cory Schneider. The Canucks backup continued his stellar campaign, stopping 39 shots for his sixth straight win and 15th of the season. He shut the door through the first two and a half periods, allowing Vancouver to take a 3-0 lead before R.J. Umberger ruined his shutout bid with just under nine minutes to go in the game.

The Canucks had opened the scoring earlier in the first period when Christian Ehrhoff took a Mason Raymond backhand pass and snuck the puck past Columbus' Mathieu Garon for his 12th goal of the season. Despite trailing by one, the Blue Jackets dominated the second, outshooting the visitors 12-5 but failed to draw even, leading to Henrik Sedin's tally early in the third. The Canucks centre was left wide open in front of the net, following a pass from Daniel Sedin, before beating Garon on the backhand.

Chris Higgins rounded out the scoring for the Canucks with his first two goals since being acquired at the trade deadline, while also adding an assist for a three-point night.

The injuries continue

The Canucks had to play most of the game with only five defencemen after Dan Hamhuis suffered an injury in the first period. The blueliner collided with teammate Kevin Bieksa and Columbus' Rick Nash in the defensive zone and hit his head on the ice. He did not return.


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