Blue Jackets Defeat Canucks 3-2

The Columbus Blue Jackets got their 3rd consecutive win at home for the 2008 New Year as they defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 Tuesday night at Nationwide Arena.

The Blue Jackets took advantage of Vancouver penalties in the first period scoring on 2 power plays to take a 2-0 lead.

The Blue Jackets were 2-of-7 on the power play and the Canucks were 1-of-3 on the power play. Vancouver had a total of 8 penalties for 16 minutes and Columbus had a total of 4 penalties for 8 minutes. Five of Vancouver’s penalties were in the first period.

Vancouver scored 2 goals, 1 at the end of the first period, and the other in the 2nd period to tie the game at 2. Columbus Left Wing Jason Chimera scored the go-ahead goal, assisted by Dan Fritsche and Manny Malhotra to make it 3-2.

Pascal LeClaire had 25 saves as the Vanouver Canucks outshot the Columbus Blue Jackets 27 to 21.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are 22-18-6 overall for the season and are 16-6-4 at home, while they are struggling with a 6-12-2 record on the road. Columbus is currently tied for 10th in the Western Conference with 50 pts and are still in the playoff race for now.  They are playing well at home, but the Blue Jackets need to start winning on the road and improving their road record if they want to have a shot at making the playoffs this year.

One Response to “Blue Jackets Defeat Canucks 3-2”

  1. DZS says:

    They had a chance to beat Phoenix tonight on the road and they took on two consecutive dumb penalties to allow phx to tie it up… then Rick Nash scored an awesome goal!

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