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Vancouver at Columbus

Nash's hard work, Mason's goaltending push Jackets past Canucks

CBSSports.com wire reports
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Rick Nash made the play of the game. The rest was up to rookie goaltender Steve Mason and the defense.

Kristian Huselius scored off Nash's blue-collar assist with 4:44 left and Columbus beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Monday night, giving the Blue Jackets their first victory this season after allowing the first goal.

Nash had two defenders draped on him as he carried the puck out of the corner and over the left dot before feeding Huselius, who was all alone at the right side of the crease for an easy jam shot for his ninth of the year.

"We lost (track of) a pretty good player and he found a way to make a great play," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said.

Huselius said he was almost a bystander.

"It was a great pass, a great effort," he said. "Rick caught two guys playing him and made a great pass to me and I just had to one-time it."

The Canucks threatened for much of the final two minutes. Mason thrust his arms in the air in celebration -- or was it relief? -- as the final horn sounded.

Mason improved to 6-2-1 in his first professional season, stopping 29 shots. But it was anything but easy.

The Canucks peppered him with shots while on the power play late in the game after pulling goaltender Cory Schneider for a two-man advantage. Mason's best save came with his glove on the ice on a shot by Kyle Wellwood, who had Vancouver's first goal.

"It was definitely a big scrum," Mason said. "It was a lot of fun to be a part of, especially since we came out on the winning end. It's not nice taking a penalty with about two minutes to go, but we did a great job killing it off."

The Canucks put four shots on goal, had two others go just wide and had another blocked during the frantic finish.

Columbus came in 0-6-3 when the opponent scored first, becoming the last team in the NHL to win after falling behind 1-0.

Fredrik Modin and Andrew Murray added goals for Columbus. Nash had two assists and Huselius had a helper to go with his winner.

Kevin Bieksa gave Vancouver a 2-1 lead early in the final period. Alexander Edler had two assists for the first time in his 120-game NHL career. The Canucks are 0-2 to start a seven-game road trip.

Murray evened it again midway through the third period when he backhanded in a rebound of Mike Commodore's drive from the point.

"I haven't been contributing like I need to," Murray said. "To be able to score a big third-period goal in a tight game like this, it's a great feeling."

After Huselius scored from Nash, the Blue Jackets hung on.

"This was kind of payback for the games we've played so well and then something (bad) has happened in the end," Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said. "That save Mase made was unbelievable ... terrific."

Notes

  • The game was the 300th home game for the Blue Jackets (137-121-18-24).
  • The loss was the third in a row for the Canucks.
  • Methot has assists in his past three games, the longest points streak in his career.
  • Vancouver G Curtis Sanford left with back spasms after stopping all 11 first-period shots. Schneider faced 18 shots, stopping 15.
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Columbus' Jared Boll and Vancouver's Mike Brown get involved in fisticuffs during the second period.  (AP)
Columbus' Jared Boll and Vancouver's Mike Brown get involved in fisticuffs during the second period. (AP)

Scoreboard
Vancouver (14-9-2)0112
Columbus  (11-10-3) «0123
Three Stars
K. Huselius
CLB


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
R. Nash
CLB


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
S. Mason
CLB


Saves: 30
Save Pct.: .938
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
None
2ND PERIOD
03:27Power Play - Kyle Wellwood (10), Tip-In. Assist: Sedin, Edler
09:30Power Play - Fredrik Modin (3), Snap Shot. Assist: Huselius, Nash
3RD PERIOD
05:28Power Play - Kevin Bieksa (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Sedin, Edler
09:03Andrew Murray (3), Backhand Shot. Assist: Commodore, Malhotra
15:16Kristian Huselius (9), Snap Shot. Assist: Nash, Methot
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
01:03Mitchell, 2 min, Interference
07:27Burrows, 2 min, Interference
14:29Modin, 2 min, Hooking
18:08Mitchell, 2 min, Tripping
2ND PERIOD
01:32Nash, 2 min, Hooking
08:09O'Brien, 2 min, Slashing
10:44Boll, 5 min, Fighting
10:44Brown, 5 min, Fighting
14:23Raymond, 2 min, Hooking
17:46Ohlund, 2 min, Interference
3RD PERIOD
04:34Methot, 2 min, Hooking
10:45Salo, 2 min, Hooking
15:37O'Brien, 2 min, High-Sticking
18:04Tyutin, 2 min, Cross-Checking
Shots On Goal
 123T
Vancouver861832
Columbus1110829
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Curtis Sanford19:36110
Cory Schneider38:44153
Steve Mason59:56302
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Vancouver2-for-4
Columbus1-for-8
Game Information
Attendance - 13299
Referees - Paul Devorski, Brad Meier
Linesmen - Scott Cherrey, Brian Mach
 
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