DETROIT (AP) - The Vancouver Canucks found a way to win a sloppy game.
Anson Carter scored with 8:46 remaining to break the final tie and Vancouver went on to a 4-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night.
Vancouver (2-0-1) remained unbeaten while handing Detroit (3-1-0) its first loss of the season.
Stationed in the slot, Carter one-timed Henrik Sedin's pass from behind the net past Red Wings goalie Manny Legace for the game-winner.
``It was a great play by the twins (Henrik Sedin took a pass from his twin brother, Daniel),'' Carter said. ``For me, pretty easy. Just put it in the net. ... A nice little saucer pass right on my stick.''
Henrik Sedin had a goal and two assists for Vancouver, while Matt Cooke and Richard Park scored for the Canucks. Park's goal was into an empty net with two seconds remaining.
``All in all, it was a good effort, a gritty effort,'' Vancouver coach Marc Crawford said. ``We stuck with it.''
``I thought we were a step behind all night long,'' Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said.
Vancouver goalie Alex Auld made 28 saves and Legace stopped 25 shots.
Auld stopped a few shots in a goal-mouth flurry with less than 30 seconds left as Detroit desperately tried to tie it before Park's empty net goal.
``I just felt the puck hit me I don't know how many times,'' Auld said. ``I heard one of my defensemen yell, 'It's still loose!' and then somebody shot it down the ice.''
Holmstrom tied it 2-2 3:25 into the third period when he jammed the puck in from the crease.
Cooke tied the game at 1 on a breakaway goal at 7:04 of the second. Henrik Sedin gave Vancouver the lead with 1:56 left in the period, when he put a shot over a sprawling Legace from the bottom of the right circle with Auld out of the net for the extra attacker as a penalty was being called on Red Wings defenseman Andreas Lilja.
Detroit was 0-for-6 on the power play, including two two-man advantages. The Red Wings came into the game with the league's top power play at 34.7 percent. It produced five goals in Sunday night's win over Calgary.
``We just didn't seem to be able to get anything settled,'' Detroit defenseman Mathieu Schneider said. ``We seemed to be a couple of inches off (on passes) all night.''
Samuelsson opened the scoring 3:50 into the game, when he stuffed a shot past Auld from the side of the net after picking up the loose puck behind the cage.
Notes: Babcock said captain Steve Yzerman, who has been out with a groin injury, will make his season debut on Thursday in Los Angeles. ... Canucks C Brendan Morrison's streak of 351 consecutive games is the second-longest current run, three behind Colorado's Karlis Skrastins. ... Detroit D Niklas Kronwall underwent successful ACL surgery in Aspen, Colo., on Monday. He's expected to be out four-to-six months. He was injured in an exhibition game.
|Mikael Samuelsson (4) ASST: Mathieu Schneider (3)|
1 - 0 DET
|Matt Cooke (1) ASST: NONE|
1 - 1 Tie
|Henrik Sedin (1) ASST: Mattias Ohlund (1), Sami Salo (4)|
2 - 1 VAN
|Tomas Holmstrom (1) ASST: Daniel Cleary (2), Mark Mowers (2)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Anson Carter (1) ASST: Henrik Sedin (1), Daniel Sedin (1)|
3 - 2 VAN
|EN - Richard Park (1) ASST: Henrik Sedin (2)|
4 - 2 VAN
|Robert Lang Hi-sticking against Steve McCarthy|
|Andreas Lilja Hooking against Todd Bertuzzi|
|Kris Draper Hooking against Ed Jovanovski|
|Henrik Sedin Holding against Daniel Cleary|
|Mattias Ohlund Holding against Henrik Zetterberg|
|Steve McCarthy Interference against Kirk Maltby|
|Brendan Morrison Hooking against Kris Draper|
|Henrik Sedin Tripping against Kris Draper|
|Matt Cooke Kneeing against Jason Williams|
|Mathieu Schneider Holding against Daniel Sedin|
|Mathieu Schneider Cross checking against Lee Goren|
|Chris Chelios Slashing against Todd Bertuzzi|
|Todd Bertuzzi Slashing against Chris Chelios|