Cory Schneider stopped 17 shots and Maxim Lapierre scored the only goal in a shootout as Vancouver beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 1-0. The Canucks have won five in a row.
VANCOUVER, B.C. — Cory Schneider stopped 17 shots and Maxim Lapierre scored the only goal in a shootout as the Vancouver Canucks won their fifth straight by defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets 1-0 Tuesday.
“I just tried the backhand move I try in practice and I got lucky,” Lapierre told The Vancouver Sun.
Schneider only saw two shots in the first period, but stopped 15 in the final 45 minutes for his seventh career shutout, and third this season.
He stopped all three Columbus attempts in the shootout, including Matt Calvert’s deke attempt, to secure Vancouver’s victory.
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“I’m not sure anyone knew I was playing until the third period,” Schneider said. “Hats off to our guys for keeping them at bay and controlling the puck.”
The Canucks moved past Minnesota into third place in the Western Conference, regaining the Northwest Division lead, though the Wild has two games in hand.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 34 saves for Columbus, which lost its second in a row but is still on a 7-1-3 run.
Columbus was outshot 13-2 in the opening period, and didn’t register a shot on its only power play of the period.
The Canucks came out firing in the second period, with Henrik Sedin getting two quality looks in the first minute.
But Bobrovsky turned both aside to keep the game scoreless, then five minutes later robbed Jordan Schroeder’s one-timer from the slot.
Penguins win 13th straight
PITTSBURGH — Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price saw the league’s leading scorer bearing down on him and figured he had maybe an inch or two over his right shoulder exposed.
Thing is, an inch or two is all Sidney Crosby needs these days.
Crosby beat Price with a laser to the top corner of the net late in the second period, Marc-Andre Fleury and Tomas Vokoun teamed to stop 37 shots and the Penguins extended their winning streak to 13 games with a 1-0 victory.
“He’s the best player in the world, so we got beat tonight by the best player in the world, by the perfect shot,” Montreal coach Michel Therrien said.
It was a shot Crosby delivered after a rare defensive breakdown by the Canadiens. Chris Kunitz found Crosby with a cross-ice pass and Crosby did the rest. His 15th goal of the season turned out to be enough to keep Pittsburgh’s march through March going.
“To win that many, your goaltenders have to steal a game or two over that time period,” Crosby said. “Sometimes we’ve had tough periods and they’ve bailed us out.”
Against the Canadiens, the Penguins needed both. Fleury stopped all 22 shots he faced, but did not play in the third period after a collision in front of the net.
Vokoun filled in and made 15 saves to give Pittsburgh the fourth combined shutout in franchise history.