Canucks 3, Blue Jackets 2

Associated Press  |  Last updated October 10, 2011
Alexandre Burrows' power-play goal midway through the third period capped the Vancouver Canucks' 3-2 comeback victory on Monday night that saddled the Columbus Blue Jackets with their first 0-3 start in franchise history. Chris Higgins and Cody Hodgson also scored for the Canucks. Cory Schneider had 23 saves, almost half of which came in the opening period. Cam Atkinson scored his first NHL goal and Vinny Prospal also scored for Columbus, which had opened seasons 0-2 twice before in their 11 seasons. The Blue Jackets were 0 for 5 on the power play and are now 0 for 16 with a man advantage on the season. The Blue Jackets took a 2-1 lead late in the second period. After both teams had missed out on numerous scoring chances, the goal came on a relatively innocuous play. Rick Nash chased the puck into the corner, bracketed by defensemen Dan Hamhuis and Kevin Bieksa. But Nash flicked the puck along the end boards to Prospal, whose wraparound attempt somehow squirted between the goal post and left skate blade of Schneider. Columbus had a chance to add to the lead early in the third. The Blue Jackets were swarming the net when Vancouver defenseman Christopher Tanev fell on a puck loose in the crease and grabbed it with his right glove while knocking the goal cage off its moorings. A lengthy video review confirmed the on-ice decision of the officials to award Columbus a penalty shot. But Schneider got a piece of rookie Maksim Mayorov's attempt. Moments later, it was tied when Hamhuis fired a pass from the left corner near the goal line that was redirected by Hodgson. Shortly after Columbus' Grant Clitsome went to the penalty box for a high stick, the Canucks picked up the lead goal. Daniel Sedin tossed the puck from the right boards to Burrows at the net, and he made a quick turnaround while controlling the puck. Steve Mason, who had 22 saves, stopped the first shot but Burrows tapped in the rebound. Schneider made several big saves, stopping Jeff Carter early in the game and then blocking a Nash shot, also in the first period, after he had muscled in on a rush. The Blue Jackets dominated play in the first period, yet came out tied 1-1. They had 11 of the 13 shots. Atkinson opened the scoring midway through the period, notching his first after some down-and-dirty work by Matt Calvert, who had a takeaway in the offensive zone. Derek Mackenzie came up with the puck and, from the right boards, flipped the puck blind to the slot where Atkinson converted. Columbus had failed to find the net with 22 seconds of a two-man advantage earlier. Vancouver drew even with 4 1/2 minutes left in the period on its second shot of the first 20 minutes. Jannik Hansen's shot was redirected by Higgins. Notes: There were 13 advance scouts at the game. ... Atkinson was not on the Columbus bench for much of the second period but did return. ... Vancouver outshot the Blue Jackets 12-5 in the third period. ... Mayorov's penalty shot was the 24th in Blue Jackets history. Columbus has converted six. --- Rusty Miller can be reached at http://twitter.com/rustymillerap
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