It looked like the game was going to a shootout which would have been appropriate.

After all this game wasn’t so much the Vancouver Canucks versus the New Jersey Devils but Roberto Luongo versus Cory Schneider.

All that was missing was Michael Buffer introducing the two goalies before the puck was dropped.

But Jason Garrison -- or was it Mike Santorelli -- settled things at 2:18 of overtime as the Canucks beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in a highly anticipated game Tuesday night at Rogers Arena.

Luongo insisted the win was all that mattered. But the fact that it came over his friend and the guy who took his starting job away from him was certainly a bonus. One can only imagine how many Canuck fans might have reacted if Luongo had been badly outplayed by Schneider.

“We got the win” Luongo said. “That’s what matters at the end of the day. I thought we both played a really good game. Schneids kept them in it made some big saves throughout the whole game. Somebody had to win.”

Luongo said he was not bothered about all the hype leading up to the game.

“Not really” he said. “I think it was more on the outside than around here. I think we’ve been busy with the schedule and haven’t had a lot of time to think about it so that was nice.

“They are all important games. At the end of the day I just wanted to play my game and give my team a chance and obviously getting the two points is nice.”

The game-winner came when Garrison fired a wrist shot from long range that beat Schneider. It appeared to bounce off the chest of winger Mike Santorelli who confirmed that after the game.

“I dpn’t know you tell me” Garrison said when asked if the shot had been tipped. “I honestly have no idea. I just tried to get it to the net and by the time I turned around it was apparently in the net.

“It was definitely like a floating wrist shot because it was a little bit like this on my stick.”

In the pre-game warmup Schneider and Luongo did their stretching beside one another at the centre line. There was lots of chatting.

Luongo would not bite when asked what they talked about.

““Just the weather how the kids are doing the whole thing” he said.

Schneider got a brief standing ovation just before the puck dropped when he was shown on the Jumbotron.

That love didn’t last the whole night. Late in the second period some of the fans began taunting him with a “Schneider” chant. It didn’t last long.

The Canucks once again had to play catch-up after the Devils grabbed a 2-0 lead on goals from ageless wonder Jaromir Jagr and Patrik Elias.

““Once they scored their second goal I thought we answered right way” Luongo said. “That’s two games in a row we have done that and it’s a nice sign for our team.”