Mason Raymond scored the only goal in the shootout, and goaltender Roberto Luongo stopped 26 shots through overtime as the Vancouver Canucks beat host Columbus 2-1.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — To the Vancouver Canucks, Mason Raymond’s winning shootout goal in a 2-1 victory Tuesday night was a thing of beauty.
The Columbus Blue Jackets thought otherwise. In fact, they weren’t sure it should have counted.
Raymond scored the only goal in the shootout, and goaltender Roberto Luongo stopped 26 shots through overtime for the Canucks.
“I have looked at it and I guarantee you that if you ask them (the Canucks), they’re going to say it was a good goal,” Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. “To me, it looks a little questionable. It looks like he does take a step backward. It looks like the puck is moving backward.”
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Shooters in the tiebreaker must make a consistent, continual move to the net. The Blue Jackets didn’t think Raymond did.
Raymond, shooting second for Vancouver, scored when he came to a quick stop, got goalie Sergei Bobrovsky on the ice, and then tapped a backhander into the net.
The Canucks said they had no doubt the goal was good.
“I’ve had some success with that move,” Raymond said. “I had my mind on it heading into overtime if we went there and I was getting the nod. I was going to do that move.”
Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault was pleased his team finally won after dropping four in a row (0-2-2).
“In the shootout, it’s about getting a save or two from your goaltender and hoping that one of your guys can put it in,” Vigneault said. “Mason did a real great move, and it was a nice win for us.”
Luongo, playing in his second game in 16 days, stopped all three Blue Jackets in the shootout. He had played once since surrendering eight goals to Detroit on Feb. 24. In that other appearance he gave up three goals on 24 shots in a 4-2 loss at Calgary on March 3.
But he was up to the task Tuesday night, ending Columbus’ five-game winning streak and depriving the Blue Jackets of tying the franchise record for consecutive victories.
Asked to sum up Luongo’s performance, Vigneault said, “He was excellent.”