Huselius powers Blue Jackets past Canucks

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) -- Kristian Huselius recorded a goal and

an assist - including the game-winning tally with 4:44 remaining

in the third period - as the Columbus Blue Jackets posted a 3-2

triumph over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday.

Fredrik Modin and Andrew Murray also scored, captain Rick Nash

notched two assists and rookie Steve Mason made 30 saves for

Columbus, which won its second consecutive game.

Kyle Wellwood and defenseman Kevin Bieksa scored on the power

play and blue-liner Alexander Edler notched two assists for

Vancouver, which dropped its third straight game in regulation.

Rookie Cory Schneider finished with 15 saves in relief of Curtis

Sanford, who left the game with back spasms after stopping all

11 shots he faced in the first period.

"(Sanford) came to the bench at a whistle and said he might have

done something to his back," Schneider said. "So coach kind of

said to get ready just in case. And when he came in, he said he

couldn't go, so I jumped in.

"It's never easy, you have to get a sweat going, you have to get

into the game. It's part of the job, you have to be ready at all

times no matter what."

With the game tied at 2-2, Nash staved off two defenders in the

left faceoff circle before wristing a cross-slot feed to

Huselius, who tapped the puck past Schneider for his ninth goal

of the season.

"It was just a great pass and a good effort, a good shift,"

Huselius said. "We actually won the battle on the wall and had

a good breakout. Rick caught two guys on him and he made a

great pass to me, and all I had to do was one-time it.

"It's always nice to score, I was a big goal for sure and it was

a great thing for us."

The Blue Jackets survived a spirited rally by the Canucks -

including a point-blank shot by Wellwood - but Mason stood tall

while his team was shorthanded.

"I remember when the puck was in the corner, I took a quick

glance to see how much time was left on the clock," Mason said.

"It wasn't ticking down fast enough. But we closed it out and

that was probably our biggest kill of the year so far."

"It was interesting," Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said. "That

save (Mason) made was unbelievable, terrific. It was a good

save."

Bieksa gave the Canucks a 2-1 lead just 5:28 into the third

period with his team's second power-play goal of the evening,

but Murray leveled the contest just over 3 1/2 minutes later

with his third goal of the season.

Wellwood opened the scoring 3:27 into the second period, but the

Blue Jackets were able to bounce back and notch their first win

of the season after allowing the game's first goal. Prior to

the contest, Columbus was 0-6-3 after allowing the first goal.

"It's inexcusable for us to give up the lead twice like we did

tonight," Vancouver's Ryan Kesler said. "We've got to nip this

in the bud right now and move on."

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