Zherdev Scores Two Goals, Adds Assist, Blue Jackets Fall 5-3

Friday, 11.04.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
Columbus Blue Jackets

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Anson Carter had a goal and two assists, lifting the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.

Carter, who came within inches of matching his scoring totals from the first 13 games when he hit the post, netted the eventual winning goal 2:23 into the third. He one-timed Daniel Sedin's pass into the high slot past Marc Denis.

Henrik Sedin scored on a three-way passing play started by Carter to put Vancouver ahead 3-2 with 1:33 left in the second period. He also had an assist.

Defensemen Sami Salo and Mattias Ohlund both had power-play goals, and Markus Naslund scored into an empty net, as the Canucks remained perfect in seven home games this season.

One night after being a healthy scratch, Nikolai Zherdev had two goals and an assist for Columbus. David Vyborny also scored and Denis made 21 saves for the Blue Jackets, who were swept on their four-game road trip and have lost eight of nine away from home.

Despite playing for the second straight night after losing in Calgary on Thursday, Columbus was the better team through 20 minutes, outshooting the Canucks 9-8.

The Blue Jackets became the first visiting team to score first in Vancouver this season when Zherdev's one-timed slap shot from just inside the blue line eluded Alex Auld on the blocker side at 7:36.

Columbus, playing without star Rick Nash after he sprained his knee Thursday, was undone by a string of penalties and Vancouver's power play in the second.

First it was Ohlund's point shot tipped past a screened Marc Denis by the stick of teammate Jan Hrdina at 5:29. Salo's blast from the top of the right circle and through Todd Bertuzzi's screen beat Denis six minutes later.

Vyborny tied it on the power play when he tried to go around Vancouver's Trevor Linden, who kicked the puck into his own net.

But Sedin restored the Canucks' lead less than a minute later.

Auld, starting his second straight game since Dan Cloutier suffered a concussion, finished with 21 saves to improve to 5-0-1. But he needed help.

Hrdina came close to scoring in each of the first two periods with shots that were trickling toward the goal line after Auld got a piece of them. Canucks defenseman Ed Jovanovski swiped the puck away before it went in both times.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 1 1 1 0 2
D. MacKenzie 1 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 1 1 0 1 1
B. Dubinsky 1 0 1 1 1
B. Jenner 1 0 1 -1 1
F. Tyutin 1 0 0 -1 0
J. Wisniewski 1 0 0 0 0
B. Comeau 1 0 0 -1 0
N. Nikitin 1 0 0 0 0
J. Skille 1 0 0 -1 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 0 1 0 .875 4.07
 
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