Steve Mason made a triumphant return to the Columbus crease and the Blue Jackets’ star players came through in the clutch on their way to a 2-1 shootout win over the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday.
Lapierre buried a feed from Chris Higgins who hustled to pick up a loose puck off the stick of Rick Nash behind the Columbus crease.
The Blue Jackets held a one goal lead on the strength of Jeff Carter’s sixth of the season but couldn’t hold back the hungry Canucks after the visitors changed gears for the final two periods.
Ryan Kesler and the Canucks’ special teams were unable to capitalize on five power play opportunities Tuesday, leaving a rare donut beside the Sedins on the score sheet.
Despite generating 25 shots over the last two periods the Canucks couldn’t capitalize on several chances in front of Mason who stood tall in his return to the crease.
The Canucks struck a post and even caused Mason to leave the game at one point in the third period after stopping a scramble surrounding the blue paint.
Mason Raymond’s attempt to jam in the game winner was thwarted by Mason who battled through a mild injury late in the third period only to return to the Columbus crease for the shootout.
Mark Letestu, Rick Nash and James Wisniewski all scored on their shootout attempts to clinch Columbus’ first win in ten games against the conference rival Canucks.
The Canucks were convincingly dominated by the Blue Jackets in the first period of Tuesday’s game and showed some weakness and other points in the contest, frustrated by Mason and the Blue Jackets.
Tonight was a night where the Sedins are expected to come through on the power play after even-strength efforts proved ineffective.
The Canucks can’t afford to rely on the strength of the twins every night, however a certain spark was missing from the Sedins’ game tonight in Columbus.
Aaron Rome appeared lost on Vancouver’s fourth line, playing forward in place of Bill Sweatt who was sent back down to the Chicago Wolves previous to Tuesday’s game against the Blue Jackets.
BOXSCORE | Q’s POST GAME RECAP
Columbus 2, Vancouver 1
When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Referees: Mike Hasenfratz, Francois St.Laurent
Linesmen: Tony Sericolo, Darren Gibbs