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game recap

Canucks outscore Red Wings 6-4

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:08 AM

NHL.com

On a night when defense took a holiday, Manny Malhotra turned from a checker into a scorer.

Malhotra, signed by Vancouver because of his defensive skills and ability to win faceoffs, scored twice and set up Jannik Hansen's game-tying goal in the third period as the Canucks outlasted the Detroit Red Wings 6-4 on Saturday.

"It was definitely a shootout type of game," said Malhotra, who scored on a shorthanded breakaway late in the second period and added an insurance goal in the third. "But once we had that two-goal lead we were able to settle down a little bit. We knew they'd be coming, but we were able to play more simple and keep them outside."

The Wings, playing their third game in four nights in Western Canada, were actually led 4-3 on Niklas Kronwall's second goal of the night early in the third period. But Hansen tied the game before consecutive penalties to Johan Franzen and Todd Bertuzzi led to power-play goals by Alex Edler and Malhotra.

After Roberto Luongo robbed Darren Helm on a shorthanded 2-on-1 break, Edler beat Jimmy Howard at 8:18 -- the fifth lead change of the night. Malhotra banged in a rebound 2:44 later as the Canucks won their sixth in a row.

Malhotra now has 10 points in 13 games.

"It always nice to contribute offensively, but more important we kept this streak alive," Malhotra said. "We could have cracked a couple times."

The Canucks also got goals from Daniel Sedin and Mikael Samuelsson, and after being limited to 11 shots in the first two periods, they bombarded Howard with 23 in the third.

"The best thing we did in the third was start throwing pucks at the net," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. "Shoot from everywhere and create scrambles that are tough to defend."

The Canucks, who have the NHL's best power play, had just one power play in the first 40 minutes, but drew four in the final 20.

"We set ourselves up well and basically limited them to very little, and then we take penalties in the third and gifted a couple of goals," said Detroit coach Mike Babcock, who refused to blame the loss on playing for a second straight night -- the Wings won 3-1 at Edmonton on Friday. "I don't buy any of that. You've got to give credit to their power play."

Howard (6-1-1) took his first regulation in 23 games (19-1-3) dating to last season.

"Just one of those nights," said Howard, who made 28 saves. "You're trying not to let your brain go to mush back there."

The Wings also got goals by Daniel Cleary and Jonathan Ericsson, and they looked to be in good shape for a sweep of their trip until things fell apart in the last 15 minutes.

"Kronwall's goal should have been the game-winning goal," Babcock said. "I didn't think it was that back and forth. I just think the puck went in the net all the time. That's way too many goals for both those teams to give up."

scoring summary
1st Period
19:35
VAN
Daniel Sedin (9) Slapshot - ASST: Henrik Sedin (13), Alexander Edler (9)
1 - 0 VAN
2nd Period
02:51
DET
Daniel Cleary (3) Deflected shot - ASST: Justin Abdelkader (1), Mike Modano (2)
1 - 1 Tie
04:29
DET
Niklas Kronwall (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Tomas Holmstrom (3), Pavel Datsyuk (8)
2 - 1 DET
05:33
VAN
Mikael Samuelsson (2) Deflected shot - ASST: Tanner Glass (2), Ryan Kesler (2)
2 - 2 Tie
17:51
VAN
SHG - Manny Malhotra (3) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
3 - 2 VAN
19:01
DET
PPG - Jonathan Ericsson (1) Slapshot - ASST: Nicklas Lidstrom (13), Henrik Zetterberg (11)
3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
01:40
DET
Niklas Kronwall (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Johan Franzen (3), Brad Stuart (6)
4 - 3 DET
03:48
VAN
Jannik Hansen (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Manny Malhotra (6), Raffi Torres (2)
4 - 4 Tie
08:18
VAN
PPG - Alexander Edler (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Kesler (3), Henrik Sedin (14)
5 - 4 VAN
11:02
VAN
PPG - Manny Malhotra (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Mason Raymond (5), Aaron Rome (2)
6 - 4 VAN
penalty summary
1st Period
01:41
VAN
Mikael Samuelsson  Interference against  Justin Abdelkader
08:01
DET
Niklas Kronwall  Interference against  Manny Malhotra
2nd Period
09:43
DET
Justin Abdelkader  Fighting (maj) against  Keith Ballard
09:43
VAN
Keith Ballard  Fighting (maj) against  Justin Abdelkader
10:20
VAN
Daniel Sedin  Tripping against  Johan Franzen
13:39
VAN
Raffi Torres  Too many men/ice - bench
17:15
VAN
Ryan Kesler  Boarding against  Drew Miller
3rd Period
07:28
DET
Johan Franzen  Holding against  Andrew Alberts
09:31
DET
Todd Bertuzzi  Roughing against  Ryan Kesler
11:32
DET
Tomas Holmstrom  Hooking against  Raffi Torres
16:43
DET
Daniel Cleary  Roughing against  Keith Ballard
goalie stats
Jimmy Howard
SA: 34TOI: 59:45
Saves: 28EV: 19 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 10
SV%: .824SH: 1 - 2
Roberto Luongo
SA: 28TOI: 59:53
Saves: 24EV: 16 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .857SH: 3 - 3