The Vancouver Canucks returned home to Rogers Arena to tackle Western Conference rivals Columbus Blue Jackets. The Canucks were looking for their fifth straight victory as the try to keep pace with the Minnesota Wild in the chase for the division title. After only letting in four goals in the last four games Cory Schneider once again got the start in net for the Canucks.
In a low scoring game which goal tenders dominated the game. The story until that final shot was Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who bounced back from a rare off night in Saturday’s 5-2 loss at Nashville. He made 21 of his 34 saves in the first half of the game, and sent the game to the shootout by making a sprawling left pad breakaway save on Jannik Hansen with 30 seconds left in overtime.
While Bobrovsky was busy early, Schneider only saw six shots in the first half, but made some good saves late to extend his winning streak to five games as Mason Raymond scored the only goal in the shootout and move Vancouver ahead of the Minnesota Wild atop the Northwest Division.
It was Schneider’s third shutout of the season and the seventh of his career. It was also Bobrovsky’s third career shutout, and all have come this month. The last time the Canucks went 0-0 through 60 minutes was back on April 11th, 2009. Vancouver won 1-0 in OT.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kbxJJGMCjM] [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPwVWcj3apw]