Dorsett scores first NHL goal to help Blue Jackets defeat Canucks 4-2

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - As a six-year old, Derek Dorsett used to imagine scoring in the NHL. Now he finally knows what it's like.
Dorsett's first NHL goal stood up as the game-winner and Rick Nash scored into an empty net to complete the Blue Jackets' 4-2 win Tuesday night over the injury-riddled Vancouver Canucks.
"Fifteen years ago I was downstairs in my basement pretending I was an NHL player scoring a goal," the 21-year-old Dorsett, who scored late in the second period.
Nash also assisted on Kristian Huselius' goal and Jason Chimera also scored for Columbus, which improved to 2-0 at home. Rookie Jakub Voracek had two assists.
Pascal Leclaire made 24 saves - several during a penalty kill late in the third period - in his return after missing one game with a bruised hand.
"He was unbelievable. He definitely saved us tonight," Nash said. "That power play, he made a couple nice saves coming across. That's what we need from him - to win games. He was definitely out best player tonight."
Kyle Wellwood, called up to the Canucks before the game, had a goal and an assist and Kevin Bieksa also scored for Vancouver, which lost its third straight to finish a six-game road trip 2-4.
Roberto Luongo had 28 stops but dropped to 3-3 on the season with a lineup lacking regulars, defenceman Sami Salo (groin), and forwards Darcy Hordichuk (knee) and Pavol Demitra (ribs). Forward Rick Rypien missed the game with a viral illness.
"Obviously the road trip didn't turn out the way we anticipated," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said. "We're still in the process of evaluating our team. With that being said, there are some areas that we are going to work on here in the next couple of days."
Trailing 3-1 early in the third period, Bieksa smacked home a centring pass from Wellwood from behind the net for his first at 5:01 to get Vancouver within one.
Moments later, Ryan Kesler nearly tied it, but he couldn't jam the puck home, instead, sliding it near the goal line across the crease after stealing it from Fedor Tyutin.
Vancouver continued to pressure the Blue Jackets defence, creating turnovers and more chances.
Mike Commodore took a holding penalty at 15:28, but Leclaire made a stick save on Henrik Sedin, a pad save on Steve Bernier alone at the left crease and stopped Mason Raymond on the rush to thwart the Canucks.
"They were passing the puck pretty well," Leclaire said. "They were able to create a little bit, but it's normal. We just found a way to win and that's the important thing."
Nash scored his fifth into the empty net with 19 seconds remaining.

Organizations: NHL, Vancouver Canucks

Geographic location: COLUMBUS, Vancouver

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