POST GAME: Canucks 1, Blue Jackets 0 (SO)

Sergei Bobrovsky records his third shutout in nine games, but Columbus falls in a shootout to Vancouver

Wednesday, 03.27.2013 / 12:45 AM / News
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com

CANUCKS (18-9-6) 1, BLUE JACKETS (13-13-7) 0 - SHOOTOUT

ROGERS ARENA | VANCOUVER, BC

Sergei Bobrovsky almost single-handedly willed the Blue Jackets to the most unlikely of victories tonight at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, but one shootout goal was the difference in a rather tame affair. For most of the game, it was the Blue Jackets who had to stave off the Canucks, who kept coming shift after shift and spent a lot of time inside the Columbus end of the rink. It was an old-fashioned, tight-checking game and it was evident that the points were precious; both teams are in their respective races for the postseason and by getting to overtime, the Blue Jackets (33 points) were able to climb within a point of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

But as Matt Calvert said post-game, it wasn't the Jackets' best effort tonight and it eventually cost them the additional point in the standings.

Vancouver took the first 11 shots on goal before the 10-minute mark of the opening period and held a 13-2 shots edge after 20 minutes, but Bobrovsky rebounded in spectacular fashion to keep his team squarely in the mix. The Canucks followed up their dominant first period with a so-so second period but the Blue Jackets had the better of the play in the third period and overtime, and had a glorious opportunity in sudden death.

Ryan Johansen - playing in his hometown and in front of several friends and family members - took advantage of a Canucks miscue and centered a sweet feed to Nick Foligno across the crease, but Dan Hamhuis sprawled to make a game-saving stop with his left skate.

In the shootout, the only goal came from the stick of Max Lapierre, who made a slick deke to his backhand and roofed it over Bobrovsky in the third round.

Aside from the shootout, there weren't many momentum-changing moments in the game - but one stands out, and it was a big stop by Bobrovsky that gave the Blue Jackets second wind headed to the shootout. Nikita Nikitin fumbled the puck at the offensive blue line and it sent Jannik Hansen in home-free, but his forehand deke move was sniffed out by Bobrovsky's lunging left pad in the final 30 seconds of overtime.

- Full credit to the Blue Jackets for a terrific defensive effort against one of the NHL's most potent offenses: in three meetings with the Canucks this season, Vancouver totaled just two goals. Those came in a 2-1 OT win for the Jackets on Mar. 7 (Henrik Sedin) and five days later the Canucks' shootout win.

- Bobrovsky was strong, making 34 saves to record his third career shutout -- his third in the last nine games.

- The Blue Jackets' defense really stepped up in the third period and helped get the puck moving north, which allowed for some offensive zone chances (especially in overtime). Dalton Prout stood out in his pairing with Nikitin, and John Moore skated the puck out of trouble on several occasions.

- Foligno and Matt Calvert were two of the Jackets' most dangerous forwards in the game, and they helped lead the charge in the third/OT. Both had a handful of really good looks.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Johansen 82 33 30 3 63
J. Wisniewski 75 7 44 0 51
B. Dubinsky 76 16 34 5 50
C. Atkinson 79 21 19 -4 40
A. Anisimov 81 22 17 -2 39
N. Foligno 70 18 21 5 39
R. Umberger 74 18 16 -3 34
M. Letestu 82 12 22 1 34
J. Johnson 82 5 28 -7 33
B. Jenner 72 16 13 6 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 32 20 5 .923 2.38
C. McElhinney 10 11 1 .909 2.70
 
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