Canucks 6, Blue Jackets 3

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP)—Markus Naslund got his own offensive game going and helped teammate Artem Chubarov do the same.

Naslund scored two goals and added two assists, but it was a pair of timely goals by Chubarov that lifted the Vancouver Canucks to a 6-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.

Magnus Arvedson and Matt Cooke each finished with a goal and assist as Vancouver extended its home unbeaten streak to six games (5-0-1).

“It’s nice to get back to scoring,” said Naslund, who nearly doubled his season production to five goals and four assists. “But it’s great to see timely goals from Chubarov and guys like that. That’s what makes us strong.”

Chubarov, a healthy scratch in the last game after going six contests without a point, scored with 0.6 seconds left in the second period to tie the game, redirecting Naslund’s backhand pass.

Chubarov, who was singled out between games by coach Marc Crawford for his lack of offense, then took a drop pass from Cooke at the top of the right circle and one-timed the winner past Fred Brathwaite on the short side, 6:18 into the third.

“They always tell me that and I always try, just sometimes it’s not happening,” Chubarov said. “I always play a defensive game, and it goes slow for me to generate more offense. It’s not that I just sit back and do nothing. I have good days I have bad days.”

Chubarov, a defensive-minded Russian who usually centers the fourth line, found himself paired with Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi on the first goal. He then teamed with Cooke and Arvedson in the third.

“Offensively, Chubby had a lot tonight, so we wanted to get him with a more offensive group,” Crawford said.

David Vyborny, Darryl Sydor and Rick Nash scored for the Blue Jackets, who lost their fifth straight. Columbus is winless in four road games.

Coach Doug MacLean was particularly upset with Chubarov’s goals, chastising his team for giving up a score so late in the period, and singling out Brathwaite on the second.

“They were untimely goals and bad goals when you’re playing your hearts out,” MacLean said. “It was a joke. To give up a play like that with 0.6 seconds left, it’s devastating. The fourth goal was terrible: short side wrist shot.”

Arvedson, with his first goal as a Canuck, and Naslund, on the power play, gave the Canucks a 2-0 lead in the opening five minutes. Columbus rallied and tied it before the midway point of the period.

Vyborny scored on a deflection, and then Sydor tied it on a sharp-angle shot that bounced off the stick of Vancouver defenseman Sami Salo and found a space between Johan Hedberg and the near post.

After combining for four goals midway through the first period, the teams managed just three shots in the first 10 minutes of the second before Nash scored on the fourth, giving Columbus the lead.

The 19-year-old forward spun off a defender and wristed his sixth goal of the season past Hedberg after an Ed Jovanovski turnover.

Hedberg, making just his third start of the season, stopped 16 shots in a matchup of backup goaltenders who hadn’t played in 10 days.

Brathwaite made 22 saves in his second game.


Vancouver D Brent Sopel left the game in the second period with a groin injury and did not return. … The Canucks have scored first in all nine games this year, and are just three games short of Philadelphia’s 1985 record to start a season. … Naslund’s fourth goal was also his first power-play point this season. … Columbus D Rostislav Klesla missed his second straight gamewith a hip pointer injury.

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