When Vancouver Canuck captain Henrik Sedin stuck his stick through the mask of Columbus Blue Jackets’ netminder Sergei Bobrovsky, which was followed by a Bobrovsky swan dive, there was no call either way.

Funny how the officials missed both infractions. But the game was tied 1-1 at that point in the third period and maybe they were just exercising “game management.” Who knows? Henrik obviously didn’t mind.

“I didn’t mean to do it,” he said following the Canucks’ 2-1 shootout victory. “I didn’t know if I hit him in the throat or the mask. They missed a lot of other calls, too.”

That was confirmed by brother Daniel. The Sedins and linemate Alex Burrows were mugged at times and defenceman Cam Barker nearly had his head removed by a Jared Boll forearm but referees Wes McCauley and Gord Dwyer awarded just two power plays apiece.

“I thought the reffing was fine,” Daniel said. “I think they maybe missed a few slashes but they let us play and it was a fun game for us to be in. I hope it was a fun game to watch.”

Henrik, meanwhile, called the victory a “great step for us.” Vancouver has just 12 wins in 25 games this National Hockey League season, three by shootout and one in overtime.

“Coming in after winning a shootout is a huge difference from coming in after losing one,” said the captain. “You still get a point for losing in a shootout but it feels like a loss.”

Well, it is a loss, but that’s a discussion for another day.