The Blue Jackets are limping into their five-day break after another surprising loss to one of the NHL’s worst teams.
Sven Baertschi sparked a four-goal second period for Vancouver, Jacob Markstrom had 27 saves and the Canucks rallied to beat Columbus 5-2 on Friday night.
The Blue Jackets also lost 3-1 to Buffalo on Thursday night despite outshooting the Sabres 45-29. Columbus got off to a strong start against Vancouver before the decisive second period. The Blue Jackets now get some time to recover while still holding onto second place in the Metropolitan Division.
“It’ll leave a bad taste in the guys’ mouths for sure,” Columbus captain Nick Foligno said. “But this break probably comes at a good time for us where we can get away, recharge and know that we have a chance here to get some energy for a big push in February, March and April.”
Seth Jones put Columbus up 1-0 during a strong first period, but Vancouver powered ahead in the second. Baertschi, Erik Gudbranson, Brandon Gaunce and Alexander Edler scored, and Jake Virtanen added an empty-net goal with nine seconds left in the third to help the Canucks snap a five-game skid.
Thomas Vanek and Henrik Sedin each had two assists for Vancouver, which won for just the third time since Dec. 7.