The end of a long road trip resulted in a long night for the Vancouver Canucks.
The Canucks suffered an 8-3 TKO to the Detroit Red Wings Sunday evening at Joe Louis Arena to wrap up a four-game road trip with their only regulation loss of the trek, and only their second of February.
Daniel Sedin opened the scoring 5:45 into the first period before the Red Wings replied with a pair of goals to ignite the crowd. Trailing 2-1 with just over seven minutes remaining in the opening frame, Daniel Sedin and Chris Higgins found the back of the net for the Canucks to take a 3-2 lead into the break.
It was all downhill for Vancouver from that point on.
In the second, Detroit came at Vancouver with all its might scoring three power play goals on four opportunities to take a 5-3 lead; the Red Wings added a trio of goals to the scoreboard in the third to clobber the Canucks 8-3.
Roberto Luongo, coming off his second shutout of the season, allowed all eight goals finishing with 20 saves in his first regulation loss of the season.
AND ANOTHER THING...
What a trip. What a blur. Thanks for coming along for the ride.
Tweet of the Night - "Tanev gets blown up by TooToo and reacts like all he did was drop his wallet." - @blakeprice1040. Tanman bounced right back up and didn't miss a shift. Tough as nails.
Long time between LUUUUses - Roberto Luongo, who admitted post-game allowing eight goals was embarrassing, was unbeaten in regulation in his last nine games (5-0-4) against Detroit dating back to March 3, 2010. Time to begin a new streak.
Alberts makes season debut - While this was hardly a shining defensive performance for the Canucks, Andrew Alberts held his own in his first action of the season. Alberts, playing in place of Kevin Bieksa, had 15:09 of ice time (including 25 seconds on the kill), finishing with a shot, a team-high two hits, and a minus-1 rating.
Memories from The Joe -
There’s just something amazing about Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. I was sitting on the old creaky wooden visiting team bench early this morning when Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis walked out.. read more