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The Goods: Oh so close

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks

You want to know what happened in the Canucks game and you want to know now. We get it. Here’s the bare bones recap of Vancouver’s 4-3 overtime loss to Detroit.

IT WAS OVER WHEN...

…Henrik Zetterberg sent a backhand shot past Roberto Luongo as time expired in overtime to give Detroit a 4-3 win over Vancouver in the fourth and final meeting between the two this season.

Gunning for a league-high 27th win on home ice, the Canucks scored four and 13 minutes into the first period to take a 2-0 lead. Kyle Wellwood and Shane O’Brien had the Vancouver goals; each assisted on the other’s score and finished the night with two points apiece.

In the same amount of time it takes to change radio stations when a Miley Cyrus song comes on, the Red Wings evened the game up at 2-2 midway through the second. Todd Bertuzzi scored on a scramble in the Vancouver crease before the Canucks won the ensuing faceoff but let Pavel Datsyuk walk into the opposing zone. He used a Canucks defender as a screen and beat Luongo five seconds after Bertuzzi’s goal.

Two goals against in five seconds is a new franchise record for Vancouver eclipsing a pair of quick scores against seven seconds apart in 1995, 1990 and 1976.

Detroit added insult to injury with a shorthanded goal with 2:21 remaining in the frame to take a 3-2 lead.

Daniel Sedin played hero by tying things up 4:40 into the third to ensure the Canucks a single point; his 20th goal of the season gives Vancouver six 20-goal scorers for the first time since 1992-93.

In overtime Detroit outshot Vancouver 4-1 with the last scoring attempt counting as the game-winner with 0.2 seconds to play.

The Canucks finish their five-game homestand with seven of 10 points, they remain ahead of Colorado by six points for the division lead.

CLUTCH CANUCKS

Shane O’Brien and Kyle Wellwood clutched up with a goal and an assist each in a losing effort.

O’Brien had the second assist on Wellwood’s game-opening score before he put Vancouver up 2-0 with a point shot that beat Jimmy Howard thanks to traffic in front from Jannik Hansen.

Wellwood played Hansen on Vancouver's first goal as he provided the screen and was able to get his stick on Christian Ehrhoff’s shot.

On a night when the Canucks as a team combined for a minus-4 rating, O’Brien and Wellwood were plus-2 and even; the pair had three shots, one hit, one takeaway, one blocked shot and a 50 per cent success rate at the dot.

UNSUNG HERO

Roberto Luongo allowed four goals for the second time in three outings and has given up 10 in his last three games, but against Detroit he left everything on the ice.

Luongo stopped 17 shots in the first, 10 in the second, 20 in the third and three in overtime for a total of 50 saves on a personal and team-high 54 shots against.

If not for Luongo stopping the likes of Jason Williams, Brian Rafalski and Darren Helm in the final three minutes of regulation, the Canucks wouldn’t have even earned a single.

STAT OF THE NIGHT

Fifty-four shots against is seven more than the 47 Cory Schneider faced November 6 in a loss to the Dallas Stars and it’s the most Roberto Luongo has seen since 58 against courtesy of the Anaheim Ducks in Game 5 of the 2006-07 Western Conference Semi-Final.

If playoff stats counted, the most shots ever given up by the Canucks is 76 in a 5-4 overtime win over the Dallas Stars to open the 2006-07 playoffs. Since they don’t, the franchise record for pucks against remains 60 thanks to the 1970-71 slap happy Boston Bruins.

Luongo is now 11th in the league in shots faced at 1,703, 255 back of league leader Tomas Vokoun’s 1958.

FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Shane O’Brien on the deflating two-goals in five seconds that gave Detroit life and the 54 shots against:

”That took a little wind out of our sail, but we’ve been there before, we’ve been down three goals and come back. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy, they’re fighting for their playoff lives over there and we’ve in a race for our division.

”Some of their shots early on in the first half of the game were from the outside, I think they had more quality chances in the second half of the game and Lu made some big saves. When they crash the net like that Lu’s big and strong but we’ve got to do a better job of not letting them get to the dirty areas.”

NEXT UP

Two days off for Vancouver before the Canucks hit the road for quick one and done in Edmonton Tuesday.

Vancouver then returns home to host Anaheim Wednesday in the second-last back-to-back set of the season.

The Canucks close out the week in San Jose Saturday.

NUMB3RS

2 – Goals against in five seconds, a franchise record.

2 – Points each for Shane O'Brien and Kyle Wellwood.

3 – Game point streak for Christian Ehrhoff, his third longest streak of the year.

20 – Goals for Daniel Sedin, the team's sixth 20 goal-scorer, most since 1992-93.

54 – Shots against, the most since allowing 58 to the Anaheim Ducks in the 2006-07 playoffs.

QUOTABLE

“I made some saves, unfortunately I would have liked to have made at least one more."


-Roberto Luongo (on his 50 saves)

“In the Islanders game we could have played better, but overall I think we played some good hockey after the Olympic break."

-Sami Salo (on the homestand)

“They outplayed us, they had the puck most of the game. Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Franzen and those guys can handle the puck well down low. "

-Kyle Wellwood (on Van's effort)

“They’re a desperate team and they know how to win close games and they found a way to do it tonight."


-Shane O'Brien (on the loss)

“We were, to some extent, fortunate to get a point tonight. Our puck management in our zone and in their end was not good."

-Alain Vigneault (on his team's play)

OFFENCE

The Canucks got out to the start they wanted with two goals on Jimmy Howard, but as the Red Wings took over, Vancouver's push evaporated.

No sign of the top line until the third period and that was enough to help the Canucks steal a single point.

Vancouver was outshot by Detroit 54-32.

DEFENCE

If shots is the measuring stick of a sound defensive effort, the Canucks play terrible.

It isn't, and Vancouver held its own on the backend for 64:59. A second longer and who knows what the outcome would have been.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Vancouver and Detroit were both 0-for-2 on the power play.

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