VANCOUVER – Daniel Sedin ended his longest pointless skid in a decade with a bang Friday night.
He scored a goal and assisted on two by his twin brother Henrik as the Vancouver Canucks thumped the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-2.
Daniel Sedin’s points were his first in seven games and helped the Canucks get their offence going after they suffered from a goal drought during a five-game losing skid. He had not had a similar six-game pointless streak since 2002-03.
“Six games feels like forever,” said Daniel Sedin. “it’s about the process, but in the end it’s about scoring.”
The Canucks (12-8-4)are fifth in the Pacific Division, while the Blue Jackets (8-12-3) lost for the fifth time in seven outings, good for seventh in the Metropolitan. Vancouver’s goal total Friday matched its output during the losing skid.
“It does a lot for the confidence for a lot of guys and for the team knowing we can score,” said Daniel Sedin.
Alex Edler, Zack Kassian, and Jeremy Welsh, with his first career NHL goal, also scored for the Canucks.
Matt Calvert—on the Blue Jackets’ first shot of the game—and Artem Anisimov replied for the Blue Jackets. Columbus saw its fortunes change quickly after Daniel Sedin scored with 16 seconds left in the first period.
“They scored first. We were pretty upbeat, but the tying goal was key,” said Daniel Sedin. “Coming in here (to the dressing room) with a tie instead of being down was huge, especially where we were as a team. From that moment on, I thought we played really well.”
Kassian, Henrik Sedin and Edler iced the victory in the second by scoring two minutes and 10 seconds apart. Henrik Sedin and Edler scored just 16 seconds apart.
“It happened fast,” said Columbus coach Todd Richards. “They do a really good job of forcing you and pressuring you, and I think the first period kind of carried over into the second and then they were able to finish, and a couple of quick goals against a good team like that is tough to recover from.”
During their losing skid, the Canucks were held to one goal in four games and only managed two in the other.
“We didn’t play a terrible game, but we lost the game in a couple minutes there in the second period,” said Columbus defenceman Jack Johnson.
In a bid to get more scoring, Canucks coach John Tortorella split up the Sedins at times, and played them together at others. The moves worked as Vancouver outshot Columbus by a wide margin in the first 19 minutes and were finally rewarded with Daniel’s goal in the closing seconds of the first period.
“It’s a relief to get a win and to get rewarded with the forechecking that I thought was pretty good tonight,” said Tortorella.
The Canucks responded well after an embarrassing 3-2 loss to the lowly Florida Panthers three nights earlier. But Tortorella and Henrik Sedin contended that the only difference from recent outings was the fact the puck went in more often.
“I don’t think we played a whole lot better tonight than we have in the past three games, apart from the Florida game maybe,” said Henrik Sedin. “But in the end, we got the goals people are standing and talking about a nice win instead of losing 2-1. That’s a huge difference for us.”
Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo only had to make 14 saves as Vancouver outshot Columbus 35-16.
“I don’t know what to tell you guys,” Luongo said about letting in the first shot.
“I knew it was going to be that type of game, they are not a team that throws a lot of pucks a the net. Unfortunately they scored right away, so that’s even tougher to stay in the game and battle. But we did a good job, We got some goals and it was easier to relax after that.”
Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky recorded 29 saves in a losing cause, while the Canucks were blanked on five power plays and Columbus was denied on four man-advantage opportunities that generated few chances.
“It’s nice to win a game where you don’t have to go down to the wire and grind one out,” said Luongo.
Notes: Bobrovsky stopped Jannik Hansen on a penalty shot in the third period after Fedor Tyutin pulled him down on a breakaway.…Both teams entered the game with no players on a scoring streak.…Unproductive Canucks winger David Booth was scratched for the second straight game.…Columbus centre Brandon Dubinsky was sent home due to a foot injury and missed his second consecutive game. Second-leading scorer James Wisniewski sat out with the flu.