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Post Game: Canucks 6, Blue Jackets 2

Saturday, 11.23.2013 / 12:30 AM ET / News
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com (@RobMixer)
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Post Game: Canucks 6, Blue Jackets 2



Matt Calvert loudly announced his return to the lineup with a beautiful goal just 2:47 into tonight's game, but after that, it had a drastically different feel to it.

Whether it woke the Canucks up or not, they were dominant in the first period and used an offensive barrage in the second period to pull away. For a team that has been struggling of late - the Canucks had lost five straight and scored just six total goals in that span prior to tonight's game - Vancouver had its way in this one and the Sedin twins, while split up, combined for five points and were a huge source of offense.

The Blue Jackets again struggled with getting pucks to the net, and it resulted in a low number of quality chances throughout the game. They were out-shot by a 35-16 margin tonight and at one point in the second period, the Blue Jackets only had four shots on goal to Vancouver's 17.

Sergei Bobrovsky
might have allowed a couple of goals he'd like to have back, but for much of this game, he was under heavy pressure from the Canucks who fired at-will from all angles. 

As they enter the final stop of their five-game Canadian road trip (2-2-0 to this point), there are some red flags but some positives; on the bright side, they've earned points in games and scratched out a couple of victories against good teams.

But on the other hand, they've been out-scored 13-2 in losses to Edmonton and Vancouver. They've often been described as a Jekyll & Hyde team and that attribute has produced an up-and-down stretch of hockey, and some bad habits they cannot seem to shake.

This is an easy call tonight. Vancouver scored three times in a span of 2:10 in the second period - goals from Kassian, Henrik Sedin and Alex Edler - an outburst that turned a 1-1 game into a 4-1 stranglehold. 

Daniel's first period goal continued a bad Jackets trend of giving up late period goals, and it seemed to give Vancouver some life after a pretty quiet first period for the home team.

Split up from his twin brother and usual line mate Daniel for tonight's game, the Canucks' captain was their best player as he ignited a sputtering offense. 

Edler was a horse on the back end for the Canucks, and he helped get them going tonight by setting up Daniel Sedin's goal late in the first period. Edler added a goal of his own to cap off the three-goal stretch in the second period.


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