National Hockey League
Columbus 2, Vancouver 1
When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Referees: Mike Hasenfratz, Francois St.Laurent
Linesmen: Tony Sericolo, Darren Gibbs
Attendance: 15808

Mark Letestu, captain Rick Nash and defenseman James Wisniewski scored shootout goals as the Columbus Blue Jackets halted a nine-game losing streak against the Vancouver Canucks with a 2-1 home triumph on Tuesday.

Jeff Carter converted a power-play chance in regulation and Steve Mason overcame a right leg injury in the third period to finish with 30 saves for Columbus, which ended a three-game skid at home.

Letestu put a wrist shot over Roberto Luongo's glove in the first round of the shootout and Nash netted the decisive goal on the Blue Jackets' second chance, beating Luongo to the stick side after deking to his backhand. Nash is 4 for 6 in the bonus format this season.

Wisniewski clinched the victory in the third round on his first opportunity of 2011-12.

Columbus, which is 1-1-1 on its five-game homestand, grabbed a 1-0 lead midway through the first period when Carter backhanded a rebound past Luongo from the doorstep to extend his goal-scoring streak to three games.

Maxim Lapierre forged a tie eight minutes into the third after Chris Higgins forced a turnover by Nash behind Columbus' net and made a set-up pass.

Luongo stopped 29 shots for the Canucks, who had won four straight overall, five in a row on the road and five consecutive visits to Columbus. Vancouver is 2-1-0 on its five-game road trip.
Top Game Performances
Vancouver   Columbus
Maxim Lapierre 1 Points Jeff Carter 1
Maxim Lapierre 1 Goals Jeff Carter 1
Chris Higgins 1 Assists Mark Letestu 1
N/A Power Play Goals Jeff Carter 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Roberto Luongo .967 Save Percentage Curtis Sanford 1.000
Roberto Luongo 29 Saves Steve Mason 30
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Vancouver 32 1 0-4 2-3 8 30
Columbus 30 2 1-3 4-4 10 26
Upcoming Games
  • Columbus will play their next game at home against Los Angeles. The Blue Jackets have a W/L % of .111 after a win and .381 after a loss.
  • Vancouver will play their next game on the road against Carolina. The Canucks have a W/L % of .526 after a win and .727 after a loss.