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game recap

Red Wings blank struggling Canucks 2-0

Thursday, 10.13.2011 / 10:44 PM

NHL.com

Three Stars of the Game
Jimmy Howard
1st
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
GA: 0EV: 19-19
PIM: 0PP: 6-6
SV%: 1.000SH: 0-0
Justin Abdelkader
2nd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 5
PTS: 1PIM: 5
+/-: 1TOI: 13:05
Valtteri Filppula
3rd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:42

This time, it was Jimmy Howard's turn for a shutout.

Five nights after Ty Conklin stopped 29 shots in a 3-0 win at Colorado, Howard turned aside all 25 Vancouver shots as the Detroit Red Wings blanked the struggling Canucks 2-0 on Thursday.

Justin Abdelkader and Valtteri Filppula scored during Detroit's 24-shot second-period barrage against Cory Schneider as the Wings improved to 3-0-0. They have outscored their opposition 10-3 -- and all three goals came after the Wings grabbed a 5-0 lead against Ottawa on opening night.

"Just attention to detail is important. Playing with pretty good structure, all on the same page. Obviously, you've got to give credit to our goalies," Abdelkader said. "Conks did a great job in Colorado and Jimmy did a great job tonight. Anytime you pitch shutouts the goalies get the credit right away."

Howard, in turn, credited his teammates after his sixth career shutout.

"Guys were doing a great job sacrificing their bodies down there on the power play," Howard said after the Wings killed all four Vancouver power plays. "We outwaited them at the top of the crease."

The Canucks lost for the second time in as many nights -- they were beaten 5-4 in Philadelphia on Wednesday. Vancouver is off to a 1-2-1 start after taking the Boston Bruins to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final last season.

"We can't let this slide here," Canucks captain Henrik Sedin said. "We need some wins. We had a good start tonight but we've got to keep going. We [want] to make the other team break down and make mistakes. Right now, we're the ones making mistakes."

Vancouver came out strong, outshooting Detroit 12-9, but couldn't beat Howard, who robbed Daniel Sedin twice in the final 3 seconds of the first period. Howard came across the crease to smother a deflection from the bottom of the left circle, then denied him again from in front of the net after a faceoff as time ran out.

"It's frustrating not to be able to score on those chances. But that's the way it is," Daniel Sedin said.

The Wings took command in the middle period. Abdelkader opened the scoring at 8:37 with his first of the season, beating Schneider from the lower left circle after taking a cross-ice pass from Todd Bertuzzi.

"Bert made a great play. Pav was driving the middle and took the defenseman's attention and even the goalie," Abdelkader said. "I got the pass from Bert and I was fortunately able to finish it."

Filppula made it 2-0 just 2:18 later with his first goal, one-timing a shot from the right faceoff dot past Schneider on a give-and-go with Johan Franzen.

"I thought our second period, we got a lot more competitive than the first. We took the game over," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said.

Howard and the Wings got a break when Cody Hodgson' shot from the right circle bounced off the goaltender and into the net an instant after time expired in the second period. A video review confirmed the puck entered the net after time expired.

"We had some Grade-A scoring chances to take the lead and we just couldn't," coach Alain Vigneault said. "Their goaltender made some key saves at key times. Halfway through ... they sort of picked up their pace and their intensity and we had a tough time following."

Material from team media was used in this report

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
08:37
DET
Justin Abdelkader (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Todd Bertuzzi (1), Niklas Kronwall (1)
1 - 0 DET
10:55
DET
Valtteri Filppula (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Johan Franzen (1), Jiri Hudler (2)
2 - 0 DET
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
01:02
DET
Jakub Kindl  Interference against  Mikael Samuelsson
04:54
VAN
Dan Hamhuis  Holding against  Tomas Holmstrom
07:00
VAN
Maxim Lapierre  Fighting (maj) against  Justin Abdelkader
07:00
DET
Justin Abdelkader  Fighting (maj) against  Maxim Lapierre
09:19
DET
Johan Franzen  Interference against  Cody Hodgson
17:19
VAN
Cody Hodgson  Too many men/ice - bench
19:05
DET
Todd Bertuzzi  Interference against  Manny Malhotra
2nd Period
01:54
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Tripping against  Pavel Datsyuk
05:42
VAN
Keith Ballard  Roughing against  Jiri Hudler
05:42
DET
Jiri Hudler  Roughing against  Keith Ballard
13:18
VAN
Henrik Sedin  Hooking against  Daniel Cleary
3rd Period
01:46
VAN
Mikael Samuelsson  Boarding against  Johan Franzen
09:08
VAN
Keith Ballard  Clipping against  Henrik Zetterberg
11:42
DET
Todd Bertuzzi  Boarding against  Christopher Tanev
19:23
VAN
Cody Hodgson  Too many men/ice - bench
goalie stats
Cory Schneider
SA: 37TOI: 58:14
Saves: 35EV: 23 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 11
SV%: .946SH: 1 - 1
Jimmy Howard
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 19 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0