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Mason Raymond scored the only goal in the shootout, and seldom-used Roberto Luongo stopped 26 shots through overtime to lead the Vancouver Canucks past the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Luongo, playing in his second game in 16 days, stopped all three Blue Jackets in the shootout.
Raymond, shooting second for Vancouver, scored when he came to a quick stop, got goalie Sergei Bobrovsky on the ice, and then easily tapped a backhander into the net.
Jason Garrison had the lone goal before overtime for the Canucks, who had lost four straight (0-2-2).
Mark Letestu scored the only regulation goal for Columbus, but the Blue Jackets matched a franchise record by earning a point in an eighth consecutive game (5-0-3). Their five-game winning streak ended, one short of tying the franchise mark.
Raymond was 0 for 1 on shootout attempts this season before his game-winner.
Luongo, 2-3 in shootouts this season, had played only once since surrendering eight goals in an 8-3 loss 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.
Bobrovsky, selected as the No. 1 star in the NHL last week, made his fifth straight start. He went 4-0 with a 0.77 goals-against average, .927 save percentage and his first career shutout a week ago.
He also earned a 2-1 overtime win over Vancouver last Thursday at home, stopping 34 shots. Bobrovsky has given up just five goals in six games.
Bobrovsky made 37 saves against the Canucks.
The Blue Jackets were fortunate to get out of the second period with a 1-1 tie - even though they scored first.
The Canucks outshot Columbus 19-6 in the period and seemed to have the best of it in stamina and speed.
Letestu opened the scoring when he took a chip pass along the right wall from Derick Brassard and then skated laterally to the right dot before wristing a shot at Luongo. The goalie blocked it, but the rebound came right back to Letestu who backhanded it into the net.
Late in the period, after controlling the pace throughout, the Canucks finally broke through against Bobrovsky.
As a power play was ending, Jannik Hansen passed the puck back to Garrison who stepped into a one-timer at the top of the left circle and sent a shot past Bobrovsky at 16:11.
A scoreless first period was fought on even terms and with each team killing a penalty. Luongo appeared shaken after teammate Alex Burrows lost an edge and crashed into him late in the period. Play resumed up the ice while both players slowly crawled out of the cage.
Perhaps the best scoring chance for either team in the third period came early when Brassard's blast from the left dot clanged off the far post.
Bobrovsky went down in the final minute after Vancouver captain Henrik Sedin hit him in the mask with his stick blade. The goalie, in his first year with the Blue Jackets after being acquired for draft picks from Philadelphia, blinked and wiped his face as if he had been hit in the eye.
NOTES: It was the last game of a three-game road trip for the Canucks. ... Brassard was playing in his 300th NHL game. ... Vancouver D Kevin Bieksa missed his fifth game because of a groin injury. ... The Blue Jackets, who killed two penalties, have not allowed a 5-on-4, power-play goal since Feb. 18, a span of 11 games. ... Columbus fourth-line center Derek MacKenzie didn't play (upper body). ... The Blue Jackets also strung together points in eight straight games (4-0-2-2) from Jan. 15 to Feb. 6, 2009.
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