Columbus head mentor John Tortorella wasn’t searching for any uncommon display in his first visit to Vancouver since the Canucks terminated him after a solitary season.
“I think I got enough acknowledgment when I got booted out of here,” said Tortorella after his Blue Jackets caught a 2-1 shootout triumph over the Canucks on Thursday. “So I don’t require any longer around here.”
Alex Wennberg scored the main shootout objective as last-put Columbus (20-28-5) gave the Canucks (20-19-12) their third straight misfortune.
Scott Hartnell scored on the strategic maneuver in the third time frame for the Blue Jackets, while goalie Joonas Korpisalo was amazing in the Columbus with 37 spares.
Tortorella, who was given up by the Canucks in the 2014 off-season after the group neglected to reach to the playoffs, was more intrigued by discussing Korpisalo. The youthful Finnish netminder withstood a blast of shots in the third time frame and additional time to keep his group in the diversion.
“He’s unflappable to the extent his mental durability,” said Tortorella. “(It was) only an extraordinary ordeal for him to the extent what he is accomplishing for the club and for him to the extent his certainty.”
Linden Vey scored in the primary time frame for Vancouver, while Ryan Miller made 27 spares.
The amusement additionally denoted the arrival of Henrik Sedin after the Canucks chief missed four recreations with a shoulder harm. Sedin was similarly inspired with Korpisalo’s play.
“He was everywhere,” said Sedin. “We had a few shots, however he returned and made some enormous recoveries. He’s been playing great for them.”
It was another baffling closure for the Canucks, who have surrendered late objectives in their last three amusements. Vancouver’s offense has been sputtering and head mentor Willie Desjardins knows the pattern can’t proceed with his group four focuses behind Nashville for the second trump card spot in the Western Conference.
“In case will get to the playoffs we require more,” said Desjardins. “What’s more, it’s from the entire group. Columbus played well. They came in and had great speed. Furthermore, they got some great goaltending this evening and when that happens it’s difficult to play a group that way.”
The Canucks opened the scoring at 10:55 on the man advantage with Cam Atkinson off for snaring. Bo Horvat sent a smooth cross-ice go to Vey, who one-planned it past Korpisalo for his second of the year.
Korpisalo made some decent spares in the second, including kicking out his cushion to close the entryway on Alex Edler’s wraparound endeavor halfway through the period.
Columbus at last got through halfway through the period with Canucks focus Jared McCann in the punishment box for snaring. Hartnell tied the diversion at 9:06 when he terminated the puck in from the space for his eighteenth of the season.
“To get one, particularly late to tie it up, was tremendous,” said Hartnell. “We moved the puck well. We got in the zone really great. It was a major one.”
Vancouver went on a 4-on-3 strategic maneuver in extra time with William Karlsson off for obstruction. Be that as it may, the Canucks couldn’t underwrite regardless of outshooting Columbus 4-1 in the additional edge.
“We had our chances and it didn’t work out,” said Miller. “We have to execute, we have to change over, and we have to get focuses.”
Notes: Vancouver defenceman Dan Hamhuis, who partook in the morning skate, was held out of the lineup. Hamhuis hasn’t played in about two months since taking a puck in the face against the Rangers. He’s relied upon to play Saturday when Vancouver has Calgary.
Courtesy: The Globe And Mail