Bo Horvat puts up four points as Vancouver Canucks top Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2

Bo Horvat puts up four points as Vancouver Canucks top Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2

VANCOUVER — Elias Pettersson scored twice and the Vancouver Canucks will go into the NHL’s All-Star break with a win after beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 on Friday.

VANCOUVER — Elias Pettersson scored twice and the Vancouver Canucks will go into the NHL’s All-Star break with a win after beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 on Friday.

Quinn Hughes had a goal and an assist for the Canucks (20-26-3) and Bo Horvat contributed a career-high four assists.

Ilya Mikheyev and Dakota Joshua also scored for the home side, while JT Miller and Brock Boeser each contributed two assists.

Kirill Marchenko responded with two power play goals for the Blue Jackets (15-30-3).

Vancouver’s Collin Delia made 23 saves and Joonas Korpisalo stopped 29 of 34 shots for Columbus.

Both teams have struggled a lot this season and came into play to linger at the bottom of the NHL.

Columbus bit the lead when Vancouver defender Tyler Myers was sent into the box for a stumble midway through the third period.

Marchenko brushed a puck from below the goal line and sent it into the back of Delia’s leg before slamming into the net to score the rookie’s second goal of the night. He now has 13 goals in 26 games.

Pettersson put the Canucks 5-1 up with a 12:52 power play goal in the final frame and fired a sharp shot at the net from high in the faceoff circle. Korpisalo took part of the shot but dribbled over the goal line for Pettersson’s second goal of the night and 21st of the season.

Joshua scored 8:20 in the third with a miss. The deep forward was about to send a puck over the slot to Brock Boeser, but the puck hit Columbus defender Adam Boqvist in the leg and raced into the net to make it 4-1.

Vancouver took a two-goal lead into the first break thanks to a lucky strike.

Mikheyev unleashed a blast from above the faceoff circle and his shot ricocheted off the end glass, hitting Korpisalo’s skate and sliding into the net.

It was the Russia winger’s 13th goal of the season and his 100th NHL point.

A scrum erupted at the start of the picture as Sean Kuraly smashed Vancouver’s Andrei Kuzmenko into the glass, resulting in a multiplayer fight for the Blue Jackets side.

Kuraly was called to board and Vancouver used the man advantage as Hughes sent a long bomb through traffic from that point. After 13:21 the home team was 2:1 ahead.

Both the Canucks and Blue Jackets went 2-for-4 on Friday’s power play.

Both sides scored from an early penalty.

With Miller batting in the box, Horvat took Patrik Laine’s puck and charged Pettersson two-on-one across the ice. The Canucks captain slashed a pass at Pettersson’s diamond and the Sweden center wrapped it around Korpisalo’s outstretched leg for his 20th goal of the season 1:25 into the game.

Thirty-three seconds later, the Blue Jackets responded when Marchenko, who was in the slot, tapped out Boqvist’s shot to equalize 1-1.

Laine also registered an assist for the game, extending his points streak to five games with two goals and six assists all the way.

UPS AND DOWNS

Canucks general manager Patrik Allvin announced Friday that forward Lane Pederson has been placed on waivers for the purpose of assignment to the Abbotsford Canucks of the American Hockey League. Pederson played 10:58 against Columbus and spent much of the night in line with Pettersson and left winger Andrei Kuzmenko.

NEXT

Vancouver is now going on All-Star break. The Canucks will continue their campaign with a four-game road swing, beginning with a Feb. 6 matchup with the Devils in New Jersey.

The Blue Jackets take on the Kraken in Seattle on Saturday.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on January 27, 2023.

Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press

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