Columbus, OH, United States (4E Sports) – R.J. Umberger picked up his first goal of the season and issued a crucial assist to help the Columbus Blue Jackets snap a four-game losing streak via a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks Sunday at Nationwide Arena.
Umberger scored at 11:14 of the third period to give the Jackets the lead and assisted on an empty-netter by Ryan Johansen as the Blue Jackets improved to 3-5-0.
Curtis McElhinney tallied 37 saves in his Blue Jackets debut while Marian Gaborik scored his third goal of the year for Columbus.
Henrik Sedin scored his second goal of the season while Eddie Lack recorded 26 saves in a losing effort for the Canucks, who slipped to 5-4-1 after suffering a second straight defeat.
Despite being outshot 13-2, it was the Blue Jackets who drew first blood, thanks to a redirect by Gaborik at 3:27 of the first.
However, the Canucks tied the count after Henrik Sedin scored on the power play at 10:42 of the second period by shoving the puck across the line during a scrum in front of the net.
In the third, Johansen’s pass threaded two defenders to give Umberger momentum as he skated toward the goal from the right before depositing the puck through the pads of Lack.
In a last-ditch effort to tie the game, Vancouver pulled Lack for an extra skater but McElhinney made a point-blank save on Chris Higgins in the final 30 seconds.
Then, Johansen iced the game with an empty-netter with 17 seconds left.