VANCOUVER — Columbus rookie Marko Dano recorded his first two-goal game in the NHL and Sergei Bobrovsky made 38 saves Thursday as the Blue Jackets embarrassed the Vancouver Canucks 6-2.
Rene Bourque, Cam Atkinson, Scott Hartnell and Alexander Wennberg, into an empty net, also scored for Columbus (32-35-4), which has won five of its last six but still remains a long shot for the playoffs in the Eastern Conference.
Bo Horvat and Daniel Sedin replied for Vancouver (40-26-4).
Eddie Lack allowed five goals on 30 shots for the Canucks before getting pulled in favour of Jakob Markstrom midway through the third period.
Markstrom finished with two saves for Vancouver, which is just a point up on the Calgary Flames for second place in the Pacific Division with a game in hand.
Columbus led 3-2 after the second and extended that advantage 5:31 into the third when Dano swatted home a loose puck at the side of the net after a strange bounce off the glass for the rookie’s second of the night and seventh of the season.
Hartnell added his 22nd on a 2-on-1 at 8:32 to make it 5-2, with Dano picking up an assist for the first three-point game of his career.
Bobrovsky held the fort from there before Wennberg scored his third into an empty net with under five minutes to go as the Blue Jackets won for the second time in as many nights after a 3-2 shootout victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.
The Columbus goalie made a couple of big saves in the first period to keep things scoreless as Vancouver held a 20-10 shot edge through 20 minutes before a wild second.
The Canucks grabbed the lead three minutes in when Horvat jumped on a giveaway and ripped his 12th goal of the season glove side on Bobrovsky. Daniel Sedin then doubled that advantage 40 seconds later, banging home his own rebound for his 15th.
Columbus’ Corey Tropp and Vancouver’s Derek Dorsett dropped the gloves a few minutes later in a spirited fight, which seemed to inspire the visitors.
After Bobrovsky made a good save at the other end, Bourque scored his fourth of the season and first with Columbus on a shot from well out at 7:04 that might have taken a deflection off a Canucks’ stick, before Dano snapped his sixth home from the slot past Lack at 10:01.
The Blue Jackets got a late power play and made the hosts pay with 2:42 left in the period when Mark Letestu’s point shot was deflected by Atkinson before pinballing in off Vancouver defenceman Alexander Edler.
Notes: The Canucks finished the regular season 21-10-1 against the East. … The Canucks will practice at Rogers Arena on Friday before beginning a two-game road trip against Los Angeles on Saturday and Arizona on Sunday.