The Columbus Blue Jackets overcame a slow start Sunday night to defeat the Vancouver Canucks 5-3 in a vital win for the club.
The Blue Jackets found themselves in a 2-0 hole early in the first period due to a Bo Horvat powerplay tip-in and an Elias Pettersson deflection.
However, Columbus would respond halfway through the opening period. Kevin Stenlund netted his 6th goal of the year to bring the score to 2-1. Stenlund knocked home a net-front tap-in passed the pads of Canuck goalie, Louis Domingue, off a nifty pass from Riley Nash.
While the Blue Jackets gained momentum from their late period score, the Canucks would claim the contest's next goal. Vancouver extended their lead early in the second period off a J.T. Miller slap shot to make it 3-1.
Columbus would add another tally late well into the third period to challenge the Canuck lead. Riley Nash scored his fifth goal of the year off a Ryan Murray cross-zone pass to cut the lead to 3-2.
Two late third-period powerplay goals from Zach Werenski and Emil Bemstrom propelled the Blue Jackets into a 4-3 lead. Gustave Nyquist added an empty-net goal to increase the lead to 5-3. Columbus held on to the score to complete the come-from-behind win.
The Blue Jackets face off against Calgary this Wednesday, March 4th. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.
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