The Vancouver Canucks have found all kinds of ways to lose hockey games the last month, but they finally won one Tuesday and it was by shootout, no less. Roberto Luongo, usually so-so in National Hockey League shootouts, was perfect against the Columbus Blue Jackets as the Canucks prevailed 2-1. “The shootout hasn’t always been kind to us but we found a way to get it done tonight,” said Luongo, who was also stellar throughout regulation and overtime. “Those guys were on a pretty hot streak and playing extremely well and their goalie (Sergei Bobrovsky) has been out of this world. We were able to grind one out.” The victory put an end to Vancouver’s four-game losing slide and also snapped the Jackets’ five-game win streak. Mason Raymond, using his patented spin-o-rama move, netted the lone shootout goal. An otherwise superb Bobrovsky bit on the Raymond move, leaving the Canuck winger with a yawning cage. He didn’t miss. “I had a good idea I was going to do that move, for sure,” Raymond said. “The win was huge, for Lou and for everybody. It got us back on a winning streak heading back home.” The Blue Jackets felt Raymond had come to a full stop and wanted the benefit of a replay to determine whether it was a legal goal. Referees Wes McCauley and Gord Dwyer were having none of it. “I’m surprised they didn’t at least check,” said Blue Jacket centre Ryan Johansen. “Why not check?” “I was trying to get their attention but nobody was moving,” added Columbus coach Todd Richards. “To me it looks like the puck is moving backwards.” The league did actually review it in the war room and ruled it legitimate.
Canucks eke out 2-1 shootout win over Blue Jackets
Vancouver Sun | Mar 13