Jacob Markstrom made his season debut for the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night, and he did so in a big way. Markstrom stopped 42 shots on net, helping lead the Canucks to a 5-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night at Nationwide Arena.
The Blue Jackets, who are now 0-6-0 on home ice this year, were leading 3-2 with just over five minutes to play when Brandon Sutter delivered the game-winning goal for the Canucks. Henrik Sedin would later score his second goal of the night to put the final touch on the win.
Jannik Hansen was the first, second and third star of the night (not really, but he should be), scoring one goal and registering three assists. Radim Vrbata has shown success skating with the Sedins, but after Hansen's performance with them tonight, it'd probably be for the best if Willie Desjardins kept Hansen on that top line for a bit.
The win also snapped a three-game losing streak for the Canucks.
A little less than midway through the first period, Columbus opened the scoring while on the power play after the Canucks were called for too many men on the ice.
After an initial shot by Scott Hartnell deflected off Jacob Markstrom, Boone Jenner scored a rebound goal to put the Blue Jackets up 1-0.
Jenner PPG, 1-0 Blue Jackets pic.twitter.com/TtwcJGaswC— Stephanie (@myregularface) November 11, 2015
Soon after the goal, it was Vancouver's turn for the power play. Brandon Sutter got tangled up with Sergei Bobrovski, and took multiple cross-checks from Cody Goloubef and Ryan Johannsen. Sutter would also go to the box after being called for goalie interference.
Vancouver couldn't capitalize on the opportunity, failing to register a shot on goal during the advantage.
After the Canucks failed on the power play, Jannik Hansen evened things up with a one-timer in front of the crease. Daniel Sedin fished the puck out of the boards, delivering a pass to Hansen who was able to beat Bobrovski to make it 1-1.
Danish delight pic.twitter.com/7LKiHXKK88— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) November 11, 2015
Late in the first period, Vancouver's top line would strike again, this time with Jannik Hansen hitting Daniel Sedin, who scored the go-ahead goal at 17:12.
Dank you pic.twitter.com/ut4Oq1tfTz— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) November 11, 2015
With just 15 seconds left in the period and Columbus back on the power play, Jack Johnson took a pass across the crease from Boone Jenner and beat Jacob Markstrom to score the second power play goal of the period for the Blue Jackets.
Jack Johnson ties the game 2-2 with a PPG pic.twitter.com/tTKBvrDoEG— Stephanie (@myregularface) November 11, 2015
The Blue Jackets spent a grand total of 16 seconds on the power play during the first period and got two goals out of it. Talk about being efficient.
Late in the second period, the Blue Jackets went back on the power play as Matt Bartkowski was sent off for tripping Boone Jenner. This time, Columbus didn't score in the the first 10 seconds of the power play. In fact, Jacob Markstrom stepped up to stop everything coming his way to keep it tied at 2-2 going into the final period.
Markstrom was brilliant during the middle period, stopping 22 shots in 20 minutes, stopping them all. Several times during the period, Markstrom made a barrage of saves in short periods of time. If it wasn't for his efforts, Columbus could've easily gone into the final period leading by two, three or even four goals, perhaps.
Early in the third period, Jacob Markstrom made a miraculous save to keep things tied up. After coming out of his crease to clear away the puck, Markstrom cleared the puck back across the center of the ice instead of along the boards, Nick Foligno sent in a shot on a wide open net, but Markstrom was able to dive across his crease and deflect the shot away. Afterwards, Foligno could only stare and watch the replay in disbelief.
Just under midway through the final period, Jack Johnson gave the Blue Jackets a 3-2 lead. Johnson broke free with Columbus shorthanded, beating Markstrom with a few fancy dekes.
Atkinson shorthanded goal, 3-2 CBJ pic.twitter.com/86Tyj44Z8w— Stephanie (@myregularface) November 11, 2015
Just over two minutes later, the Canucks tied things right back up. Daniel Sedin started things off by dumping the puck into the Columbus zone, and Jannik Hansen was there to play the puck off the boards. Hansen delivered a perfect backhanded pass to Henrik Sedin as the Canucks evened things up at 3-3.
Henrik Sedin ties the game 3-3 pic.twitter.com/w1nB24sZCk— Stephanie (@myregularface) November 11, 2015
With five minutes left, Brandon Sutter gave the Canucks their second lead of the game. Sutter skated in on net and made a nifty move to lean around Bobrovski, just slipping it past Bobrovski's outstretched skate for his fourth goal of the season. Hansen delivered another assist on the play for his fourth point of the night.
Catch me if you can. Sutter's fourth goal. Also, Hansen has all the assists tonight. pic.twitter.com/zfuJrUaW4S— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) November 11, 2015
The Canucks now head to Ottawa to take on the Senators on Thursday. Puck drop is at 4:30 PM PT on Sportsnet Vancouver.