Vancouver
Canucks
54-19-9
Columbus
Blue Jackets
34-35-13

24 SOG
40 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
VAN
CBJ
game recap

Canucks 4, Blue Jackets 1

Sunday, 03.27.2011 / 7:53 PM

Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The best teams find ways to win. The Vancouver Canucks did just that to reach another milestone during their record-setting season.

Chris Higgins had a two goals and an assist and the Canucks, despite being outshoot and outchanced, beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 on Sunday to reach 50 victories for the first time in their 40-year history.

Canucks backup Cory Schneider made 39 saves to improve to 15-3-2 and help the NHL-leading Canucks add to their franchise-best points total (109) and run their road winning streak to eight, matching the club record set in early 2004.

"Teams are obviously getting themselves prepared for us," coach Alain Vigneault said. "I thought Columbus, tonight, played real strong. At the end of the night, our goaltender was better than their goaltender and we won the game."

Christian Ehrhoff and Henrik Sedin also scored for Vancouver. Mason Raymond added three assists and Ryan Kesler had two. The Canucks have won 10 of 11 overall and seven in a row against Columbus.

"There's going to be games like this during the season when you're not feeling your best," Sedin said. "I think tonight we had 20 guys that weren't at their best."

R.J. Umberger scored for Columbus with just under 10 minutes remaining to spoil Schneider's shutout bid.

"We just couldn't score, couldn't bury it," Umberger said. "We peppered them with shots from everywhere. We had a lot of rebounds. It's frustrating when you get those chances and don't score."

Ehrhoff opened the scoring at 7:52 of the first period. After a turnover by Antoine Vermette, Raymond fed an open Ehrhoff at the right circle and he snapped a shot past Mathieu Garon, who finished with 20 saves.

Columbus was pressing for the equalizer in the second period and carried the play, outshooting the Canucks 25-12 after two periods. They couldn't beat Schneider who was quick to snuff out second chances.

Vancouver scored twice early in the third to pull away.

"(We were) just trying to hunker down a little bit," said Higgins, who scored his first goals as a Canuck since being acquired at the trade deadline. "They were taking the game to us and we just wanted to flip the script a little bit and play a much tighter third period."

With the NHL's best power play at work, Kesler fed Sedin alone in front for a backhand flick past Garon for his 19th at 3:36.

After Columbus failed to generate a dangerous scoring chance on a 1:05 two-man advantage, Higgins made it 3-0 with the Blue Jackets once again nowhere near the goal scorer. On the rush, Kesler slotted a long pass from the right wing to Higgins at the lower-left circle and he snapped the puck home at 9:03.

Two minutes later, Umberger charged down the left wing and snapped a hard shot on goal.

"I was leaning a little bit," Schneider said. "I wasn't sure if he was going to throw it out front. It hit me, hit the post, hit my head and crossed the line by an inch. I got some breaks during the game. Pucks just missed some sticks and the net. It comes back to get you."

Again alone near the crease, Higgins closed out the scoring with his 13th of the season for another Vancouver power-play goal.

NOTES: Canucks D Dan Hamhuis was injured in the first period and didn't return. ... Vancouver swept the four-game season series. ... The Canucks lead the league with 25 road wins. ... The Blue Jackets' average attendance of 13,278 ranks 28th in the league, above only Phoenix and the New York Islanders. ... Columbus narrowly escaped being shutout for the third consecutive time at home. ... The Blue Jackets are 0 for 30 on the power play in their last nine games. They had five opportunities against Vancouver.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:52
VAN
Christian Ehrhoff (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Higgins (14), Mason Raymond (22)
1 - 0 VAN
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
03:36
VAN
PPG - Henrik Sedin (19) Backhand shot - ASST: Daniel Sedin (56), Ryan Kesler (31)
2 - 0 VAN
09:03
VAN
Chris Higgins (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Kesler (32), Mason Raymond (23)
3 - 0 VAN
11:07
CBJ
RJ Umberger (24) Wrist shot - ASST: Antoine Vermette (25)
3 - 1 VAN
17:36
VAN
PPG - Chris Higgins (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Mason Raymond (24), Kevin Bieksa (14)
4 - 1 VAN
penalty summary
1st Period
02:02
VAN
Raffi Torres  Hi-sticking against  Kris Russell
12:59
CBJ
Derek MacKenzie  Roughing against  Alexandre Bolduc
19:08
VAN
Chris Higgins  Tripping against  Derick Brassard
2nd Period
14:14
VAN
Jannik Hansen  Elbowing against  Sami Lepisto
3rd Period
03:22
CBJ
Sami Lepisto  Tripping against  Ryan Kesler
04:29
VAN
Ryan Kesler  Interference on goalkeeper against  Mathieu Garon
05:24
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Hooking against  Rick Nash
13:35
CBJ
Jakub Voracek  Interference on goalkeeper against  Cory Schneider
16:06
CBJ
Antoine Vermette  Interference against  Keith Ballard
goalie stats
Cory Schneider
Cory Schneider
15-3-2
SA: 40TOI: 60:00
Saves: 39EV: 29 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: .975SH: 1 - 1
Mathieu Garon
SA: 24TOI: 60:00
Saves: 20EV: 14 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .833SH: 0 - 0
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