Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 10/22/14
Welcome back, Steve Mason. Now shake off that rust and go get up to speed against the Vancouver Canucks, the most dynamic offensive club in the Western Conference.Mason, once seen as the Blue Jackets' franchise goaltender, had 30 saves Tuesday in a 2-1 shootout win over the Canucks, showing no ill effects from the long layoff other than a third-period bout with cramps.To say it was a surprising result would be a dramatic understatement. The Blue Jackets had lost nine straight to Vancouver, and Mason hadn't started a game since Nov. 15."I hadn't played in awhile," Mason said. "It was great to be back out there. I'm extremely excited about this -- not just me getting a win, but the team playing so well against a very good opponent and us getting rewarded for it."Mason left the game with 6:46 remaining in the third period after suffering cramping in his right quad. But after getting a quick dressing-room massage, he return to the game with 3:44 to play and finished.Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel made it clear, however, that Curtis Sanford is still seen as the club's No. 1 goaltender.NOTES, QUOTESPenalty killing stiffens vs. powerful Canucks--Go figure. The Blue Jackets entered Tuesday's game with the worst penalty kill in the NHL, facing the Vancouver Canucks, who own the top power play in the league. So, of course, the Blue Jackets killed all four penalties, including three straight in the second period, en route to a 2-1 shootout win in Nationwide Arena.--The Blue Jackets played Tuesday's game vs. Vancouver with only 11 forwards. Center Sammy Pahlsson was unable to dress because of an illness, so defenseman Aaron Johnson joined the forwards. The third and fourth lines were shuffled and Johnson joined the fourth line with Jared Boll and Mark Letestu. QUOTE TO NOTE: "Moreso for the mental side of Steve, that was a big, big game." -- Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel, after G Steve Mason made 30 saves in his first start in nearly a month.ROSTER REPORTPLAYER NOTES:--RW Derek Dorsett appeared to suffer a serious lower left leg injury in Saturday's loss to Boston, but the Blue Jackets have been encouraged by the days that followed. Dorsett is deemed day-to-day and could be back by this weekend. On Saturday, he tumbled backward and fell awkwardly on his left leg with all his weight after narrowly avoiding a collision with Boston G Tim Thomas.--G Steve Mason had 30 saves in a 2-1 shootout win over Vancouver on Tuesday, his first game since Nov. 15. Mason missed two games with a concussion, but he lost his starting job to veteran journeyman Curtis Sanford, who made 12 starts in a row.--RW Dane Byers was recalled from minor-league Springfield on Monday and made his Blue Jackets debut on Tuesday against the Canucks. His previous NHL experience was six games with the New York Rangers during the 2009-10 season.MEDICAL WATCH:--LW Kristian Huselius (lower body) is out until February.--RW Derek Dorsett (lower left leg) is day-to-day.--G Mark Dekanich (groin) came up lame during warm-ups of a minor-league game on Nov. 11 and is out indefinitely.--D Radek Martinek (concussion) is out indefinitely.

LSU fan dies at end of win over Ole Miss

Giants surge past Royals to even World Series

Mich. St. upset with Michigan over spear planted on field

TCU puts up 82 points in win over Texas Tech

Agent: Joe Maddon prepared to sit out season if need be

Report: Chandler Jones could miss rest of season


Report: Army football enticed recruits with alcohol, women

Report: Kobe viewed Dwight Howard's departure as 'positive'

Lions suspend CJ Mosley, send him home from London

Federal judge blocks New Jersey sports betting law

Report: Bucs sign Gerald McCoy to seven-year extension

Tim Tebow lectures Florida fans about booing

WATCH: Chris Fowler rips 'stupid' fans over ESPN-SEC bias

WATCH: 5-year-old fan cries over Zdeno Chara's injury

LSU knocks off No. 3 Ole Miss

Miss. St. returns onside kick for TD in win over Kentucky

Bad idea: Couple goes blackface for Ray Rice Halloween costume

WATCH: Kentucky DB Blake McClain lays out Miss. St. WR

WATCH: Dwyane Wade videobombs himself

PHOTO: Blue Jackets forward came real close to losing his eye

WATCH: 350-pound Arkansas lineman throws TD pass

Penn State fans blew air horns outside Ohio State's hotel?

WATCH: Oregon's Charles Nelson has impressive punt return TD

WATCH: American flag rips during Game 3 national anthem

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

WATCH: Fowler rips 'stupid' fans

Maddon prepared to sit out season

MSU upset with Michigan over spear

Couple in Ray Rice Blackface costume

Report: Army enticed recruits with alcohol, women

Penn State fans blew air horn at Ohio State players' hotel?

Tim Tebow lectures Florida fans

NBA Replay Center debuts next week

World Series win = Giants dynasty?

Reliving the worst college football game of the last 10 years

NFL teams facing must-win scenarios in Week 8

What the return of Luis Suarez means for Barcelona

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.