The Vancouver Canucks booked their ticket to the 2013 NHL Playoffs by beating the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in a shootout Saturday night at Rogers Arena.
Maxim Lapierre was the only Canucks player to score in the shootout and Cory Schneider did his part at the other end of the ice stoning all three shooters to extend Vancouver's home winning streak to seven games.
Alex Edler opened the scoring on the power play 12:15 into the first period before Cory Emmerton snuck a puck past Schneider with 21 seconds remaining in the frame to knot the game up at 1-1 after 20 minutes.
The Canucks and Red Wings played 25 minutes of scoreless hockey throughout the second and third periods and overtime, which was just fine with Vancouver needing only a single point to secure a playoff spot.
Schneider finished with 33 saves in another sensational performance.
AND ANOTHER THING...
It's official: we're going to the playoffs. It's Jory Beard time baby!!!
Tweet of the Night - "The @MapleLeafs have made the playoffs. No one has ever tweeted that, because Twitter wasn't around back in the day. #hockeynight." - @MonikaPlatek. Hilarious. But in all seriousness, congrats to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Welcome back to the dance.
This and that - This was only the second win of the season when Kevin Bieksa is missing from the line-up (2-5-3); the Canucks are 4-3-0 when appearing on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada this season; with the victory Vancouver avoided going winless against Detroit for the first time since 2000-01.
Full House - It was another sellout at Rogers Arena, the 428th consecutive sellout to be exact, and that included two former Full House cast members. Candace Cameron Bure and Lori Loughlin were both in town shooting movies, so they came to the game together; they drew one of the loudest cheers of the night when shown on the jumbotron.