They found a way to win, but lost another key player.

Already playing musical centres with the loss of Manny Malhotra to a season-ending eye injury, the Vancouver Canucks suffered another blow Sunday when defenceman Dan Hamhuis suffered his second concussion since Feb. 9 — and the fourth of his career — in the first period of a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. In an often listless afternoon performance, the Canucks established a franchise record for wins (50) and equalled another for consecutive road victories (8), but also established a level of injury concern in their quest for the President's Trophy because Hamhuis has said he would consider retirement if he felt he was risking his quality of life after hockey.

"If there is more [concussions] to come, I think you have to take a look at what is important," Hamhuis, the father of two, said after suffering a concussion last month when his head struck the glass on a heavy check by Ryan Getzlaf. "If I ever felt like it's like putting myself at risk long term, then I'll have to step back and think about things."

Chris Higgins scored his first two goals as a Canuck while Christian Ehrhoff and Henrik Sedin also provided the offence. Cory Schneider looked headed for his second shutout of the season before an R.J. Umberger sharp-angle shot at 11:07 of the third period went off his shoulder, struck and post and then his back before trickling in. It was the first Columbus goal in 183:48, but didn't overshadow Schneider, who had a stellar 39-save performance. And once again, it was a story of a good team finding a way to win with a bad outing and the bigger story being obvious concern over Hamhuis.

"Obviously, that sucks and doesn't feel good," said Bieksa, who was paired with Hamhuis for two previous games after missing 15 with a foot fracture. "Let's hope it's not serious and he's back soon. And let's not read into that [retirement threat] too much. Guys are emotional after a concussion. Give him some time and see how he feels."

Hamhuis didn't return following a collision in which he was attempting to check a rushing Rick Nash. On the play at 6:01 of the opening period, Hamhuis put a left shoulder into the winger at the Canucks' blueline just as Bieksa was checking Nash from the other side. Hamhuis lost his balance and the back of his head struck the ice. The NHL's new concussion protocol was immediately put in place. Under the new guidelines, a player suspected of suffering a concussion must be taken to a quiet area and examined by a doctor and not a team therapist.