COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Left for dead 10 days ago, the Columbus Blue Jackets are starting to figure out how to thrive in close games.
Matt Calvert carried the puck the length of the ice, slipped a check along the wall as he entered the Vancouver zone and then scored on a wrister with 56.9 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Blue Jackets a 2-1 win on Thursday night in Nationwide Arena.
It was the ninth straight one-goal game for the Blue Jackets and the fifth straight game that went to overtime. They've won the last three, their first three-game winning streak of the season.
"We had some tough losses early on, some games where we felt like we were so close to getting the result we wanted," Calvert said. "As hard as it is to perservere through that stretch, you always have to believe that games like this are on the other side.
"When you taste a close win after so many close losses, it's so much sweeter."
Prior to the three-game streak, the Jackets had lost of five of their previous six games, all by one goal.
Calvert scored his fourth goal of the season. R.J. Umberger also scored for the Blue Jackets and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky had 34 saves in his second straight strong outing.
The Canucks, 1-3-2 in their last six games, are slumping for the first time this season.
Henrik Sedin scored Vancouver's only goal early in the third period. The Canucks generated 35 shots on goal but only a handful of pure scoring chances.
Vancouver goaltender Cory Schneider had 25 saves but had virtually no chance on Calvert's shot after the second-year winger skated through the right circle and into the slot, waiting for Schneider to commit. Calvert beat him high to the glove side.
"We've been pretty resilient here," Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen said. "Tonight was a great showing of that. We skated with these guys and stayed with them all the way. And we got rewarded for it in the end."
The Blue Jackets had been 2-7-3 in their last 10 games against Vancouver.
All was not good news for the Jackets, however. Winger Derek Dorsett went hard into the net early in the first period and suffered a fractured clavicle, according to the club. He's expected to miss the rest of the season.
Columbus took a 1-0 lead at 11:33 of the first period. Nick Foligno carried the puck behind the net and was stopped by Schneider on a wrap-around, but Umberger was there for the rebound.
It wasn't until early in the third period that the Canucks drew even.
A shot by Daniel Sedin was deflected by Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis, sending the puck across the slot, through the legs of Columbus defenseman Dalton Prout and right to a waiting Henrik Sedin.
Bobrovsky made a huge save with 4:49 remaining in the third period, stopping Vancouver's Jannik Hansen on a short-handed breakaway after an egregious turnover by Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson.
Canucks coach Alain Vigneault seemed pleased with the point.
"(Bobrovsky) played a really solid game, and their team worked extremely hard in front of him," Vigneault said. "We were down by a goal after the second period. This is not an easy league to come back in, and we were able to tie it."
NOTES: Vancouver played without defensemen Kevin Bieksa (groin) and Keith Ballard (charley horse), putting Cam Barker and Andrew Alberts in the lineup on the third pairing. ... The Blue Jackets' wish to switch to the Eastern Conference took a major step forward as the NHL Players' Association approved the league's plan to realign for next season. The Jackets have been the Eastern-most Western Conference club since joining the NHL as an expansion franchise in 2000. ... The last five Blue Jackets games have gone to overtime, and their last nine games have been decided by one goal.