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42-32-8

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game recap

Canucks 5, Blue Jackets 3

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:22 AM

Associated Press

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Canucks 5, Blue Jackets 3
Columbus Blue Jackets 3, Vancouver Canucks 5

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - The Vancouver Canucks are finding ways to win on home ice even when their performance is not up to par.

It helped Friday night that they were taking on a Columbus team that is struggling on the road.

Anson Carter had a goal and two assists, helping the Canucks overcome a slow start to beat the slumping Blue Jackets 5-3 and remain perfect in seven home games.

"We got away with one here," said Canucks captain Markus Naslund, who scored into an empty net with 10 seconds left.

Carter netted the eventual winning goal 2:23 into the third, when 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.

"The key was we didn't panic," said Carter, who came within inches of matching his scoring totals from the first 13 games when he hit the post. "We didn't change our game plan. In the past we might have panicked and pressed and opened up a bit and given up some untimely goals, but tonight we stuck to our system."

Defensemen Sami Salo and Mattias Ohlund both had power-play goals in the second period for the Canucks, who were outplayed in the opening period and failed to score first at home for the first time all season.

"Give them credit, that's the hardest I've seen Columbus play in the years we've played them," said Naslund, who added an assist. "They gave us a good game."

It was certainly the best game Nikolai Zherdev has played this season.

One night after being a healthy scratch, Zherdev scored two goals and an assist for the Blue Jackets. He had just one goal, three assists and a minus-9 rating his first 13 games.

"It was really tough not playing," Zherdev said through an interpreter. "I know pretty much it was my fault. I tried to do my best today. I just wish I could score the third goal."

David Vyborny also scored 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, Columbus was the better team through 20 minutes. Zherdev's one-timed slap shot from just inside the blue line eluded Alex Auld on the blocker side to open the scoring at 7:36.

But 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 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.

"When we get three goals from our offense we have to find a way to get points," said Denis, who finished with 21 saves.

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. 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.

"They worked and battled hard and we had to gut it out," Auld said.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:36
CBJ
Nikolay Zherdev (2) Slapshot - ASST: David Vyborny (5), Todd Marchant (6)
1 - 0 CBJ
2nd Period
05:29
VAN
PPG - Mattias Ohlund (4) Slapshot - ASST: Anson Carter (3), Henrik Sedin (8)
1 - 1 Tie
11:36
VAN
PPG - Sami Salo (4) Slapshot - ASST: Nolan Baumgartner (6), Markus Naslund (8)
2 - 1 VAN
17:34
CBJ
PPG - David Vyborny (4) Snap shot - ASST: Nikolay Zherdev (4), Manny Malhotra (7)
2 - 2 Tie
18:27
VAN
Henrik Sedin (5) Snap shot - ASST: Sami Salo (9), Anson Carter (4)
3 - 2 VAN
3rd Period
02:23
VAN
Anson Carter (3) Snap shot - ASST: Daniel Sedin (6), Ed Jovanovski (10)
4 - 2 VAN
08:15
CBJ
Nikolay Zherdev (3) Slapshot - ASST: Manny Malhotra (8), Bryan Berard (9)
4 - 3 VAN
19:50
VAN
EN - Markus Naslund (8) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
5 - 3 VAN
penalty summary
1st Period
01:11
CBJ
Radoslav Suchy  Hooking
12:19
VAN
Ed Jovanovski  Tripping
14:47
CBJ
Tyler Wright  Hooking
2nd Period
04:10
CBJ
Rostislav Klesla  Delay of game
10:19
VAN
Jarkko Ruutu  Interference
10:40
CBJ
Nikolay Zherdev  Interference
10:57
CBJ
Jan Hrdina  Interference
15:51
VAN
Steve McCarthy  Hi-sticking
19:48
VAN
Ryan Kesler  Interference
3rd Period
02:49
VAN
Brendan Morrison  Interference on goalkeeper
06:06
CBJ
Manny Malhotra  Tripping
12:34
VAN
Richard Park  Closing hand on puck
goalie stats
Marc Denis
SA: 25TOI: 59:09
Saves: 21EV: 12 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .840SH: 2 - 2
Alex Auld
Alex Auld
SA: 24TOI: 59:50
Saves: 21EV: 15 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .875SH: 1 - 1
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