Maxim Lapierre scored the shootout game-winner as the Vancouver Canucks outlasted the Columbus Blue Jackets 1-0 Tuesday night at Rogers Arena.
The story of the game was shots, shots, shots and more Canucks shots, they fired 34 at Sergei Bobrovsky through 65 minutes and in the end, only Lapierre was able to sneak a puck past him in the shootout to help Vancouver win its fifth straight game.
Cory Schneider was equally impressive at the other end of the ice making 17 saves in regulation and overtime, and another three in the shootout, for his third shutout of the season. This was Schneider's fifth straight start and fifth straight win.
Vancouver will practice Wednesday before hosting the Colorado Avalanche Thursday night.
AND ANOTHER THING...
A game without press box popcorn isn't for me. Two bags next game - evil laugh.
Tweet of the Afternoon - "The Keith Ballard Experiment. Sounds like the name of a progressive jazz funk band. #Canucks" - @CanuckFanInSF. It sounds funky, but it working. Ballard is more than a stopgap up front.
Shoot to thrill - The Canucks threw 75 shots towards the Blue Jackets net, 34 were stopped by Bobrovsky, 27 were blocked and 14 missed the net, that's compared to 38 total shots for Columbus.
Swatting the Jackets - The Canucks have not lost a regulation game to the Blue Jackets in their last 14 head-to-head meetings going 12-0-2 during that stretch; Columbus has lost their last six straight visits to Rogers Arena and has not managed an outright win in Vancouver since a 5-3 victory way back on October 5, 2009 (thank you Daniel Fung).
Home ice advantage - Prior to Tuesday's win, the Canucks hadn't come away victorious in back-to-back games at Rogers Arena since winning five in a row from January 23 to February 12. Time to go streaking again.