Canucks drop 5th-straight road game as Merzlikins buoys Blue Jackets

Elvis Merzlikins made 39 saves, Gustav Nyquist had an assist and scored short-handed. The Columbus Blue Jackets defeated Vancouver Canucks 4-2 on Friday night.

Jack Roslovic scored a tie-breaking goal at 6:06 of the third period for Columbus. Adam Boqvist was also on the scoresheet. Max Domi also had a goal. The Blue Jackets have won the last three games, and have won four of five.

Vancouver has now lost five consecutive road games. The Canucks lost their eighth consecutive game on the road to lose. Tyler Motte and Vasily Podkolzin scored. Thatcher Demko stopped 17 of the Canucks’ shots.

Nyquist said that Elvis gave us a chance of winning. We didn’t live up to our expectations. To be truthful, it felt like we had stolen this one. We are content. We will accept any two points, but we need to do better tomorrow.

Vancouver tied the game with 27.6 seconds remaining in the first half when Justin Dowling intercepted a clearing ball and fed Podkolzin his fourth goal of this season.

Coach Travis Green of Vancouver said, “We were on the game.” “Our details were sharp. Give our group a lot credit. They won a tough game, and they will have to rebound. It’s difficult to lose when you play well. Particularly when things look good.

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Columbus, despite being outshot 16-5 by Demko, took the lead at 6:17 in the second. Boqvist beat Demko with a rebound of Cole Sillinger’s shot for his second goal.

Brad Larsen, Blue Jackets coach said that “there was nothing beautiful about it.” “Elvis was again solid in the net for me. He was impressive throughout the entire game. That was an amazing way to win a game. It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t perfect. It is likely that you will have to try again.

Vancouver pulled away again at the end, with Motte, a former Blue Jacket, tipping in Quinn Hughes’ blue-line shot at 18.42. This was Quinn Hughes’ second goal in six games after he returned from neck surgery off-season.

Roslovic’s third season goal, a sniper shot on the point, made Columbus win 3-2. Jakub voracek’s assist extended his home point streak up to six games, giving him a NHL-leading 14 primary assistance.

Domi scored an empty-netter at 1:35 in the final minute of the game.

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