NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Vancouver
(Tuesday, November 28th)
Final Score: Vancouver 1, Columbus 0
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Roberto Luongo stopped 24 shots for his second shutout of the year as the Vancouver Canucks downed the Columbus Blue Jackets, 1-0, at General Motors Place.
Markus Naslund scored the lone goal and Henrik Sedin and Kevin Bieksa each had an assist for the Canucks, who stopped a two-game slide.
"We knew it was going to be a tight game," said Naslund. "We were prepared to win 1-0 and that's what happened."
Pascal Leclaire made 32 saves in a losing effort for the Blue Jackets, who fell to 1-2 under new head coach Ken Hitchcock.
Vancouver was all over Columbus in the first period and outshot the Blue Jackets, 14-6, but Leclaire was up to the challenge and he turned aside all the shots he faced.
The Canucks had a great chance to go up 1-0 in the second when Daniel Sedin wristed a shot from the left circle through a screen, but Leclaire made a body save and batted the rebound away with his stick about five minutes in.
However, Naslund finally solved Leclaire when he skated past two defenders and from down low went from the forehand to the backhand and flipped the disc over the left pad of Leclaire 8:49 in.
"He came on a breakaway, and you don't need to describe him," said Leclaire. "Everybody knows who is. He made a good move and came back on me and put it up high. It was a nice goal by a great goal scorer and that was the game."
Columbus appeared to tie the game later in the second when a shot by Sergei Fedorov from the slot hit Luongo and then bounced off the nub of the goaltender's stick and appeared to cross the goal line. Luongo, though, gloved it to keep it out of the net and a lengthy review upheld the call on the ice.
"The guys played a great game tonight," said Luongo. "They didn't give them much room out there, and it's the type of game you want to be in every night to be successful."
Vancouver played most of the third period in the Blue Jackets end to keep pressure off Luongo.
The best opportunity for Columbus came when Anson Carter unleashed a slap shot from the slot that went through a screen, but Luongo made a glove save with a little over six minutes to play.
Luongo now has 29 career shutouts...Vancouver has won four straight and five of six against Columbus...Vancouver continues its five-game homestand against Anaheim on Thursday...Columbus continues its five-game road trip at Calgary on Friday...Neither team scored on the power play with Vancouver having six opportunities and Columbus eight...Naslund has 12 goals on the season.
11/29 01:20:34 ET