A strong goaltending performance from Roberto Luongo helped the Vancouver Canucks slow down the red-hot Columbus Blue Jackets, and stop a four-game losing streak. It wasn’t exactly a night filled with positives for the team, but they needed the win in a big way regardless. For the ninth straight game, the Canucks failed to convert on the power play, which isn’t helping their offense much. Jason Garrison had the lone goal in regulation, as the Canucks’ top four scorers were all held without a point.
The Canucks managed 38 shots on goal, the third time in four games that they have registered 35 or more shots in a game. Lately, shooting a lot hasn’t been translating into goals for Vancouver, so it’s probably a good time to start focusing on quality scoring chances instead of quantity.
Somehow, despite all of their struggles, the Canucks are still holding down the third spot in the Western Conference standings. They lead the Northwest Division at the moment, but the Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche are gaining ground. The Canucks can only benefit from being a conference that features the struggling Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames for so long, and they need to put together a string of quality wins soon to put some distance between themselves and the competition.
Seeing Luongo perform well was a step in the right direction, as Cory Schneider had been in net for three straight losses. The Canucks were on fire at the start of the season with both goaltenders playing well, but they could now find themselves sliding in the standings if one or both netminders keep struggling.