Friday, November 04, 2005
[posted in full Fri 11 Nov ~1:31a]
Would the Canucks keep their level of play high against Columbus, or would they play down to the level of a team playing without Rick Nash and playing without impressive rookie and Vancouver Giant alum Gilbert Brule? Would the Canucks continue their penalty kill success as of late that had eluded them for most of the season? Would Alex Auld continue to fill in admirably in net?
Nikolai Zherdev blistered home a one-timer from just inside the blue line on the left side. The big line of Markus Naslund, Brendan Morrison, and Todd Bertuzzi were on the ice for this goal, and they were out of position. Bertuzzi turned the wrong way, and the puck was in the net before he turned around.
»» 1, COLUMBUS, Nikolai Zherdev 2 (David Vyborny, Todd Marchant) 7:36
»» BLUE JACKETS 1, CANUCKS 0
The Canucks outshot Columbus 9-8. They were 0-for-2 on the power play, while Columbus was scoreless on their only power play chance.
Using Daniel Sedin as a screen, Mattias Ohlund blistered in a one-timer from just inside the blue line to give Vancouver the lead.
»» 2, VANCOUVER, powerplay, Mattias Ohlund 4 (Anson Carter, Henrik Sedin) 5:29
»» BLUE JACKETS 1, CANUCKS 1
Sami Salo lasered a one-timer from the back of the left circle, and it may have hit Columbus goalie Marc Denis before finding its way past him.
»» 3, VANCOUVER, powerplay, Sami Salo 4 (Nolan Baumgartner, Markus Naslund) 11:36
»» CANUCKS 2, BLUE JACKETS 1
David Vyborny centered a puck that went off of Linden's skate and into the open net. That's bad luck again.
»» 4, COLUMBUS, powerplay, Vyborny 4 (Zherdev, Manny Malhotra) 17:34
»» BLUE JACKETS 2, CANUCKS 2
On a great three-way passing play, Salo centered to Henrik, who merely had to roof the puck since Denis had already gone down to the ice.
»» 5, VANCOUVER, H Sedin 5 (Salo, Carter) 18:27
»» CANUCKS 3, BLUE JACKETS 2
Vancouver outshot Columbus 13-7 in the period and 21-16 overall. They were 2-for-3 on the power play in the period, while Columbus was 1-for-3.
Daniel Sedin centered nicely to Anson Carter for a one-timer from the slot, beating Denis stick side.
»» 6, VANCOUVER, Carter 3 (Daniel Sedin, Ed Jovanovski) 2:23
»» CANUCKS 4, BLUE JACKETS 2
A loose puck was put home by Zherdev on a deflection.
»» 7, COLUMBUS, Zherdev 3 (Malhotra, Bryan Berard) 8:15
»» CANUCKS 4, BLUE JACKETS 3
Markus Naslund funally put the game away for Vancouver from the blue line on the empty net.
»» 8, VANCOUVER, empty net, Naslund 8 (unassisted) 19:50
»» CANUCKS 5, BLUE JACKETS 3
Vancouver was outshot 8-5 in the period by Columbus. The Canucks were 0-for-1 on the power play in the period, while Columbus went 0-for-2. Vancouver went 2-for-6 on the night while Columbus was 1-for-6. Auld stopped 21 of 24.
Three stars -- (1) Carter, (2) Columbus' Nikolai Zherdev, (3) Salo
H Sedin 1-1-2
D Sedin 0-1-1
The Blue Jackets, minus Rick Nash and Gilbert Brule, still proved to be pesky. They did manage to score the first goal of the game, and they did tie the game late in the second period at 2-2, though that tie lasted a mere 53 seconds.
Vancouver was 32-for-63 (51%) on faceoffs. Brendan Morrison was 7-for-17, Trevor Linden was 4-for-8, Ryan Kesler was 7-for-14, and Henrik Sedin was 10-for-16. Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, and Anson Carter were all plus-2. Plus-1 skaters included Mattias Ohlund, Richard Park, Steve McCarthy, and Ed Jovanovski. Minus-1 skaters included Nolan Baumgartner, Markus Naslund, and Lee Goren. Todd Bertuzzi was a minus-2. All others were even. Baumgartner led the team with five shots. Kesler and Josh Green led the team with four hits apiece. Mattias Ohlund had a six-minute ice time cushion on anyone, his 29:52 being more than the next closest, Sami Salo at 23:51.
The Canucks are now 10-2-2 in the standings, good for 22 points and a five-point division lead over the second-place Edmonton Oilers. The Canucks have won all seven of their home games so far this season.