COLUMBUS, Ohio – Brandon Sutter scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:08 remaining, and Jannik Hansen had a career high four points with a goal and three assists, to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.
Henrik Sedin had two goals and an assist and Daniel Sedin added a goal and three assists to help the Canucks snap a three-game losing streak. Jacob Markstrom, out since Oct. 9 with a hamstring injury, stopped 42 shots in his season debut.
The road-weary Canucks were playing their third game in four days in the midst of a season-high, seven-game road trip.
Boone Jenner had a goal and an assist, and Jack Johnson and Cam Atkinson also scored for the Blue Jackets, who remained the only NHL team without a home win this season (0-6-0). Ryan Johansen had two assists and Sergei Bobrovsky had 25 saves in coach John Tortorella’s first game against his former team.
Tied at 2 in the third period, Atkinson scored on a breakaway to give Columubs the lead at 8:01. But just over two minutes later, Henrik Sedin and Sutter scored in a span of 4:47 to put the Canucks ahead for good.
Again behind the Columbus defence, Hansen slid a pass from the left side to Sedin for the tap in to tie the score. Sutter then powered down the left wing around Ryan Murray and curled the puck past Bobrovsky for his fourth.
Henrik Sedin added an empty-netter for his fifth with 1:39 remaining to close the scoring.
Columbus cashed in quick on its first power play. After a Blue Jackets face-off win and a series of nice passes, Jenner stuffed home a loose puck in the crease for his eighth at 6:35 of the first period.
Near the midpoint of the period, the Blue Jackets’ Brandon Saad skated the puck deep into his own zone, then had it stripped by Daniel Sedin. Sedin found Hansen in front for the easy goal at 10:19.
Seven minutes later, Sedin found an open seam and calmly converted a pass from Hansen for his fifth.
Johnson, a defenceman, pinched in to tie it 2-2, also just after a Columbus power play began, with 16 seconds left on a feed from Jenner.
Columbus sent 22 shots on Markstrom in a scoreless second period and he didn’t flinch. Midway through the period, Scott Hartnell threw a spin-around-backhander at the goalie and Nick Foligno was stopped on a breakway. Then it was Vancouver applying pressure, but Jared McCann couldn’t beat Bobrovsky on a 2-on-1 .
NOTES: Vancouver received a second-round draft pick from Columbus as compensation for the Blue Jackets hiring Tortorella, who spent a tumultuous season with the Canucks in 2013-14. … Johansen and Foligno, Columbus’ top scorers and All Stars last season, each have one goal. … Vancouver goalie Ryan Miller had started 14 of his team’s first 15 games, ranking as the league leader in starts and saves. … After playing seven of eight on the road, the game was the first of five of seven at home for the Blue Jackets.
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