The beginning was pretty, the ending not so much.
Alex Burrows set a franchise record scoring six seconds into the first period, but it was all downhill for the Vancouver Canucks from there in a 5-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings Saturday night at Rogers Arena.
The Canucks, dressed in maroon and cream Vancouver Millionaires jerseys to celebrate a century of hockey in Vancouver, continued on the attack for much of the first period and yet it was Detroit evening the score at 1-1 after 20 minutes.
In the second, Henrik Zetterberg scored on the power play to take a 2-1 lead before Jannik Hansen hit the crossbar on a penalty shot. That was as close the Canucks got to tying the game; Zetterberg scored again 1:20 into the third to pace a three goal period. Vancouver got a goal back late with Burrows scoring his seventh of the season in his first multi-goal game of the year.
Roberto Luongo had 21 saves in his first home regulation loss of the season. He's now 4-1-2 at Rogers Arena.
AND ANOTHER THING...
Vancouver Millionaires jerseys as the official Canucks third jersey. Yes or no?
Tweet of the Night - "The Millionaires sweaters are a nice tip of the cap to the 1915 Cup champions and to hockey history. Well done @VanCanucks. #hockeynight" - @pmharper. Wow, thank you.
This and that - David Booth left the game late in the first period and did not return because of a lower body injury; the Canucks went 0-for-5 on the power play and are now 0-for-33 on the power play dating back to February 21st in Dallas; Steve Pinizzotto, playing in his second NHL game, was a physical presence with a team-high four hits.
The legend continues -
The Legend of Johnny Canuck - Part 2, made its debut Saturday night during the second intermission before creator, writer, director and star Adam Mackay-Smith was interviewed in arena. If you haven't seen the latest short film, do yourself a solid and click here