Vancouver Canucks snap five-game losing skid

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll is defended by Vancouver Canucks defenceman Christopher...

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll is defended by Vancouver Canucks defenceman Christopher Tanev during the second period at Rogers Arena. (Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports)

Gord McIntyre, The Sports Xchange

, Last Updated: 4:26 AM ET

The Vancouver Canucks exploded for three goals in 2:10 to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-2 on Friday night at Rogers Arena to end a five-game losing skid.

Held to just six goals in their past five games (0-3-2), the Canucks opened the tap with 16 seconds remaining in the first period.

Down 1-0, the Canucks were outshooting Columbus 13-4 when left winger Daniel Sedin scored from a tight angle short-side on Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky at 19:44.

Happy with that trickle, the Canucks then opened the floodgates in the second period.

Right winger Zach Kassian, taking a long two-zone pass from center Brad Richardson along the boards at the Columbus blue line, put the puck between the arm and body of Bobrovsky with a hard wrist shot from the circle at 12:05 of the middle frame.

Center Henrik Sedin, with his first of two, jammed home a rebound after Brobrovsky had stopped Daniel Sedin to make it 3-1 at 13:59.

Defenseman Alex Edler made it 4-1 with a slap shot from the point wrapped up the scoring surge at 14:15.

Henrik Sedin, the Canucks' all-time leading scorer, added his second goal at 9:05 of the third period, deflecting a soft shot from his brother at the blue line to make it 5-1.

Columbus left winger Matt Calvert, in his first game back since requiring abdominal surgery 20 games ago, opened the scoring on Columbus's first shot, beating defenseman Kevin Bieksa then deking goaltender Roberto Luongo at 2:47 of the first period.

Center Artem Anisimov put in a rebound behind Luongo with 3:02 left the game, then Canucks center Jeremy Welsh, with his first point with the Canucks and second as an NHLer, rounded out the scoring with 29 seconds to play.

Canucks right winger Jannik Hansen was awarded a penalty shot with 3:27 left in the third after being hauled down by defenseman Fedor Tyutin and was prevented from scoring five-hole by Brobrovsky.

The last time the Canucks scored four or more goals in a game was Nov. 2, a 4-0 win against the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs nine games ago.

The Canucks league-leading penalty kill, at 88.9 percent, stymied the opposition, going 5-for-5.

NOTES: The Blue Jackets recorded their first penalty-free road game in their last outing at Calgary, since they began play as an expansion team in 2000, 486 road games ago. ... All three games last season between Vancouver and Columbus went beyond regulation time. The Canucks won two shootouts, the Blue Jackets won in overtime. ... The Canucks are now 12-0-1 when they score more than two goals. They are 0-8-3 when they score two or fewer. ... Canucks LW David Booth, who has another year left at $4.25 million a season, was a healthy scratch for the second game in a row.


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