VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Columbus Blue Jackets scored three quick goals early in the second period for a 5-3 victory over Vancouver on Monday, spoiling the stumbling Canucks’ NHL home opener.
Kristian Huselius, Rotislav Klesla and Nikita Filatov beat star Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo in a span of three minutes 44 seconds.
The scoring spree snapped a 1-1 tie and sent Luongo, who signed a US$64-million, 12-year contract extension in the off-season, to the bench after making eight saves.
Luongo has been lit up for 11 goals in seven-plus periods so far this season.
It was the second win in as many games for Columbus, which opened its season at home Saturday with a 2-1 victory over Minnesota.
It was also the first time in franchise history that Columbus, which made its first playoff appearance last spring, began an NHL campaign with back-to-back wins.
The Northwest Division champion Canucks, however, are 0-3 and off to their worst start in eight years after an undefeated 7-0-2 pre-season.
Antoine Vermette erased an early Vancouver lead for the Jackets, who got three assists from Rick Nash and 40 saves from a solid Steve Mason.
Fedor Tyutin added insurance with a late power-play goal.
Henrik Sedin, Christian Ehrhoff and Willie Mitchell, with his first goal in 42 games, replied for the Canucks.
Mason gave up two rebounds before a diving Henrik Sedin swatted the puck into an open net for the game’s first goal.
He stopped Kevin Bieksa’s point shot but was out of position after Alex Burrows tested him and left the puck in front for the opportunistic Sedin.
The lead lasted less than four minutes as the hard-working Blue Jackets forged a 1-1 tie late in the period after frustrating the Canucks during a two-man advantage.
Vermette also had an open net after he started and finished a four-way passing play. He was alone in front of to bury Nash’s cross-crease pass.
The Blue Jackets carried the momentum into the second period. Nash left a drop pass at the blue-line for Huselius to fire over Luongo’s glove.
Klesla, who scored the winner in Saturday’s victory over Minnesota after signing a four-year contract extension, made it 3-1 with a low shot that appeared to hit a defender.
Filatov chased Luongo 5:51 into the middle period when he took Vermette’s pass and finished an odd-man rush by whipping a low shot past the Canuck netminder.
Luongo had given way to backup Andrew Raycroft when Ehrhoff cut the deficit to 4-2 when his blue-line blast beat Mason, who was screened by Canuck forward Steve Bernier.
NOTES(at):Columbus winger Jared Boll left after his first shift when checked hard along the side boards by Canucks Rick Rypien and Darcy Hordichuk who drew a roughing penalty on the play … the Blue Jackets were without Mike Commodore (groin) and Fredrik Modin (knee) … Columbus won three of four games against Vancouver last season … Vancouver defenceman Sami Salo played his 600th career game … additional seating made the attendance a club record 18,810 … the game was announced as a sellout but there were many empty seats.