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Canucks 4, Red Wings 3, OT

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks


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DETROIT, Michigan (AP) - The Vancouver Canucks knew they needed to play their best game against the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings.

Alex Burrows made sure they did.

The scrappy winger scored 27 seconds into overtime to give the Canucks a 4-3 victory over the Red Wings on Thursday night.

Burrows also had an assist while linemates Jannik Hansen and Ryan Kesler also found the back of the net for the Canucks, who bounced back from an ugly 5-1 loss to the Capitals Monday night.

Mason Raymond scored the other goal for Vancouver while Roberto Luongo made 32 saves in his third win of the season and second on the road.

"We know how many good players and how much talent Detroit has," said Burrows. "So we knew we had to work hard all night."

The Canucks certainly did that rallying from a 3-2 third-period deficit in one of the toughest buildings in the entire NHL with the Burrows-Kesler-Hansen trio leading the way.

The line not only accounted for three of Vancouver's goals, they were a combined plus-eight and had 11 of the team's 29 shots.

Tomas Holmstrom, Brian Rafalski and Dan Cleary had Detroit's goals. Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom each had two assists and Chris Osgood stopped 25 shots.

"We just kept turning the puck over and that's the reason things went the way they did," Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall said.

Detroit had 13 giveaways to the Canucks' three, much of which was a direct result of up-ice pressure.

Alex Burrows
More than the game winner, Burrows was a comeback catalyst all night.
Pavel Datsyuk
Two assists, and probably the most shifty Red Wing on Thursday.
Ryan Kesler
Had yet another all-star game. He's fast becoming a leader on this team.
"Bottom line, we were not nearly as good as we should have been," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "We spent too much time in our zone."

Burrows notched the winner early in OT knocking in his own rebound off the backboards from the bottom of the left circle. His wrister through Osgood was his third goal of the season - a team high.

"I just wanted to get off a shot on net and it went wide," he said. "And I just went after it and I got through the defenseman (Brett Lebda) and I just wanted to get a quick shot off. I think I surprised Chris Osgood, I think it went under his arm."

The Canucks had given up a pair of goal in the second and were trailing 3-2 when Raymond tied the score 3-3 at 2:23 of the third period.

The speedy winger followed up an odd-man rush and snapped a Willie Mitchell rebound under Osgood to pull Vancouver even.

"I think everybody was excited to be playing against the Stanley Cup champs," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. "Even though they were down by a goal after two, I though we were outplaying them."

Detroit scored twice in the second period to take a 3-2 lead. Rafalski's power-play goal at 3:42 tied it. He beat Luongo with a one-time shot from the right circle.

Cleary gave the Red Wings the lead with 8:53 left in the middle period when he scored on the rebound after Luongo stopped him on a breakaway. Cleary, who had just stepped out of the penalty box, took a pass from Datsyuk.

Hansen opened the scoring for the Canucks when he put in Burrows' carom off the backboards 5:08 into the game. Holmstrom's power-play goal tied it at 6:55. His tip-in wasn't ruled a goal until Rafalski got an interference penalty 8 seconds later. Replays showed that Holmstrom deflected Datsyuk's shot off the middle back post of the net and not the crossbar for his fourth goal.

Kesler's second goal restored the Canucks' lead. He tipped in a shot from the point with 9:23 left in the opening period.

The Red Wings out shot Vancouver 35-29, and won the special teams battles going 2-for-5 on the power play, but couldn't beat the Canucks on a pair of third-period man-advantages.

The Canucks finished 0-for-4 on the power play.

Notes: Detroit C Henrik Zetterberg didn't play because of a sore groin. Darren Helm was recalled from the Red Wings' AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids to replace him. G Jimmy Howard was removed from the injured list and assigned to Grand Rapids. ... Kesler is from the Detroit suburb of Livonia. ... Detroit D Brad Stuart was helped off the ice with a little bit more than 7 minutes left in the third period after taking a shot by Vancouver's Sami Salo off his left knee. He'll be re-evaluated on Friday.
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