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Tortorella Victorious In Vancouver Return

If John Tortorella was looking for revenge that’s exactly what he got Thursday night as his Columbus Blue Jackets beat his former Vancouver Canucks 2-1 in a shootout.

Back in Vancouver for the first time since being let go by the Canucks after missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2013-14, Tortorella admitted that he enjoyed the victory, but not for the reason most expected.

“Everybody thinks I come in here with a hate-on because I got fired out of here,” Tortorella said. “I look at it the other way. I have really good friends over there. I wish them nothing but the best, and I think they are approaching it the right way.”

Believe him?

For the Canucks the game was their first since the all-star break which also saw the return of Henrik Sedin from an injury.

Linden Vey opened the scoring 9:05 into the first period after a nice rush by Bo Horvat. The 20-year-old center gained the offensive zone with speed worked a quick give-and-go with Sven Baertschi along the boards to create a 2-on-1 down low, sending the puck cross-ice quickly for a one-timer by Vey past Korpisalo’s outstretched glove.

The goal was Vey’s 2nd of the year.

For Columbus they had 21 year old rookie Joonas Korpisalo in net who made 37 saves including a huge save in overtime stopping Radim Vrbata.

In the shootout he stopped all three shooters before Alexander Wennberg snapped a wrist shot past Miller for the shootout win.

“Coming in there I saw he was waiting for me to deke or something,” Wennberg said. “I just tried to shoot it quick and it worked this time. I felt like there was an open spot.”

Scott Hartnell scored his 18th goal of the year tying the game 1-1 in the third period while Jared McCann was in the penalty box. Cam Atkinson skated to the left circle and faked a shot before sliding the puck across to Hartnell in the slot for a wrist shot past a screened Miller

Ryan Miller had 27 saves on the night for the Canucks (20-19-12) who look to make a 2nd half push to make the playoffs.

The Canucks only blame themselves for the loss. They had numerous quality chances to take the lead including Jannik Hansen hitting the crossbar 17 seconds into overtime.

Up next: The Canucks square off against the Calgary Flames Saturday night at Rogers Arena.

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