Three Things: More Shorthanded Magic For Texier, Four-Goal Second, Same Ole Storyline

By Will Chase on January 28, 2024 at 1:25 am
Vancouver Canucks' Brock Boeser celebrates his goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second period at Rogers Arena.
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A four-goal second period goes awry.

Elias Pettersson had a three-point night, including two goals and the overtime game-winner to complete the Vancouver Canucks' 5-4 comeback win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night at Rogers Arena.

Brock Boeser had a hat trick and an assist.

J.T. Miller and Quinn Hughes each had three assists. Pius Suter had two assists. Suter is on a three-game point streak (four goals, one assist).

Thatcher Demko stopped 26 of 30 shots. Vancouver is on an 11-game unbeaten streak, going 10-1-2.

Alexandre Texier had two points with a goal and an assist as part of a four-goal second period for the Blue Jackets.

Sean Kuraly, Jake Bean, and Kirill Marchenko added goals.

Justin Danforth, Yegor Chinakhov, Johnny Gaudreau, and Zach Werenski had the assists.

Elvis Merzlikins made 28 saves.

Columbus and Vancouver tied their season series 1-0-1.

More 'Shorty' Magic For Texier

Texier started the scoring with a shorthanded goal for Columbus at 4:30 of the second period. It was his eighth goal of the season, his second shorthanded goal in as many games, and he has both shorthanded tallies for Columbus on the season.

Four-Goal Second

Columbus was outshot 11-4 in the first period. Then they came with a vengeance in the second period with four goals.

Texier's shorthanded goal at 4:30 was followed by Kuraly's seventh goal of the season just 1:44 later at 6:14. Texier picked up his second point with the assist, and Danforth picked up the point.

Bean scored his fourth goal at 17:27, and Chinakhov picked up the assist.

Same Ole Storyline

The Blue Jackets entered the third period with a 4-1 lead.

Columbus was 10-1-5 when leading after two periods and 4-1-4 in that situation on the road.

Vancouver pulled even by 6:28 of the third period as part of three straight third-period power-play goals by the Canucks.

Pettersson scored his 26th goal of the season at 1:11 to make it 4-2, and Boeser scored two goals (3:24 and 6:28) to complete the hat trick. Boeser has his first 30-goal season and has three hat tricks this season.

The Canucks were 3-for-4 on the power play.

Columbus had a five-minute power play in the third period after Tyler Myers received a major for elbowing Kuraly and received a game misconduct. The Jackets couldn't break through, finishing 1-for-3 on the power play.

Merzlikins and the Blue Jackets fended them off the rest of the way, and the two teams once again went to overtime, just like in the first meeting on Jan. 15, which Columbus won 4-3 in a shootout.

At 4:01 of overtime, Pettersson scored to end the game and give Vancouver their 33rd win. Boeser added his fourth point of the night with the assist, and Hughes earned his third helper.

Unleash The Kraken

The Blue Jackets continue their road trip against the Seattle Kraken at Climate Pledge Arena on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 9:00 p.m. ET.