Canucks overtakes Blue Jackets to win fifth in a row under Boudreau

VANCOUVER – Bo Horvat scored his second goal of the game, 59 seconds behind, in the third period and the Vancouver Canucks won their fifth game in a row under coach Bruce Boudreau 4-3 against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Rogers Arena on Tuesday.

Quinn Hughes had three assists for the Canucks (13-15-2), who were 3-0 down in the first third. Jaroslav Halak made 20 saves for his first win with Vancouver.

The Canucks have won five straight wins for the first time since January 16 through February 1, 2020. They stood 3-9-1 in their last 13 games before sacking coach Travis Green and general manager Jim Benning on December 5th.

Eric Robinson hit twice, and Elvis Merzlikins made 35 saves for Columbus (14-12-1). Alexandre Texier had two assists.

Horvat gave the Canucks a 4-3 lead with a backdoor pass from JT Miller after Blue Jackets defenders Andrew Peeke was punished for holding 1:12.

He scored his first goal in the game with a wrist shot over Merzlikins’ blocker from just above the right allusion point to 3-1 at 7:41 of the second period.

Elias Pettersson made it 3-2 after a rebound in just under 4:07 of the third period, and Vasily Podkolzin converted a backdoor pass by Hughes at 9:35 a.m. to a 3-3 draw.

Robinson put Columbus 1-0 up after 4:25 in the first period by completing a nice backhand pass from Alexandre Texier with a 2-on-1.

Max Domi scored the 2-0 at 11:37 am by tapping a loose puck behind Halak.

Robinson scored his second goal to make it 3-0 at 16:18 and won a race on the ice against Hughes to create a partial breakaway position.

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