COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Left for dead 10 days ago, the Columbus Blue Jackets are starting to figure out how to thrive in close games.
Matt Calvert carried the puck the length of the ice, slipped a check along the wall as he entered the Vancouver zone and then scored on a wrister with 56.9 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Blue Jackets a 2-1 win Thursday night in Nationwide Arena.
It was the ninth straight one-goal game for the Blue Jackets and the fifth straight game that went to overtime. They've won the last three, their first three-game winning streak of the season.
Calvert scored his fourth goal of the season. R.J. Umberger also scored for the Blue Jackets, and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky had 34 saves in his second straight strong outing.
The Canucks, 1-3-2 in their last six games, are slumping for the first time this season.
Henrik Sedin scored Vancouver's only goal early in the third period. The Canucks generated 35 shots on goal but only a handful of pure scoring chances.
Vancouver goaltender Cory Schneider had 25 saves but had virtually no chance on Calvert's shot after the second-year winger skated through the right circle and into the slot, waiting for Schneider to commit. Calvert beat him high to the glove side.
The Blue Jackets had been 2-7-3 in their last 10 games against Vancouver.
Columbus took a 1-0 lead at 11:33 of the first period. Nick Foligno carried the puck behind the net and was stopped by Schneider on a wrap-around, but Umberger was there for the rebound.
It wasn't until early in the third period that the Canucks drew even.
A shot by Daniel Sedin was deflected by Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis, sending the puck across the slot, through the legs of Columbus defenseman Dalton Prout and right to a waiting Henrik Sedin.
Bobrovsky made a huge save with 4:49 remaining in the third period, stopping Vancouver's Jannik Hansen on a short-handed breakaway after an egregious turnover by Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson.
NOTES: Blue Jackets winger Derek Dorsett left the game early in the first period with an upper-body injury. He did not return. ... Vancouver played without defensemen Kevin Bieksa (groin) and Keith Ballard (charley horse), putting Cam Barker and Andrew Alberts in the lineup on the third pairing. ... The Blue Jackets' wish to switch to the Eastern Conference took a major step forward as the NHL Players' Association approved the league's plan to realign for next season. The Jackets have been the Eastern-most Western Conference club since joining the NHL as an expansion franchise in 2000. ... The last five Blue Jackets games have gone to overtime, and their last nine games have been decided by one goal.