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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 3-1 loss to Detroit.

…Niklas Kronwall cleared the puck down the ice and into Vancouver’s empty net with 56 seconds left in the third period.

The Canucks trailed 2-1 with time winding down in the game when Roberto Luongo took a seat for an extra attacker. A frantic push by Vancouver had Detroit on its heels until Kronwall’s innocent clearing attempt found the button.

This game, the second of the season between the Canucks and Red Wings, was even at 1-1 before Henrik Zetterberg scored a highlight reel goal to put the home side up for good.

Detroit backup netminder Jimmy Howard got the call in absence of an ill Chris Osgood, he turned aside 31 shots for just his fourth career win. Howard already had a win against Vancouver this year meaning half of his career victories have come against the Canucks this season.

Roberto Luongo was the main reason this game was as tight as it was for as long as it was.

In his first start since facing the Red Wings on October 27, Luongo stopped 26 of 28 shots, including 13 in the second period, in holding the Canucks in this contest until the bitter end.

Luongo, who is typically slow coming off of injuries, was in fine form all night as even the pucks that snuck past him, the first on a wicked tip in front, the other courtesy of a one-in-one hundred shot, were next to unstoppable.

With a save percentage of .929, Luongo statistically had his sixth best showing of the season.

Mason Raymond and Rick Rypien. One scored a goal, the other scored a near knockout.

Raymond, continuing his hot streak, scored for the eighth time this season and fourth time on the power play when he performed a perfect triple sow cow in front of Howard, Kevin Bieksa let a point shot fly upon his decent and the puck went off Raymond’s skate and in. That was all the puck luck Vancouver had on this night.

Rypien, continuing his streak of pummeling everyone, dropped the mitts with Brad May early in the first period.

May deserves credit for how he started the fight, a little one-two how-you-doin’, but at the midway point this trolley ran out of steam and Rypien cranked the chuckers up to spin cycle. Lefts and rights were falling like raindrops; the icing on the cake was that Rypien got part of May’s jersey over his head to finish the tilt.

It’s no coincidence that Vancouver has only scored one goal in each of its past three games and that they’ve all been losses.

The Canucks are mired in a scoring slump right now and with Daniel Sedin, the team’s leading goal scorer from last season, unavailable until next week, the offence needs to put forth a better team effort Saturday in Colorado to avoid dropping four straight.

Mason Raymond is clearly doing his part, the same can’t be said for players like Alex Burrows (one goal in 15 games), Steve Bernier (one goal in nine games) and Kyle Wellwood (0 goals in 16 games).

Mason Raymond on the disappointing outcome and his stellar play of late:

”I think we played a lot better than the score showed out there. I think we did a lot of good things that we talked about yesterday at practice, the unfortunate thing is that we ran into bit of a hot goalie and made a few costly mistakes.”

”Things are feeling pretty good. Shots are going in. The puck went out to the point for Kevin and I can’t say I planned that one, but I’ll take it, the bounces are finally starting to go my way a bit, so it’s nice. You take those when you can get them.”

The Canucks look to end their second three-game losing streak of the season Saturday night when they face the Avalanche in Colorado.

Vancouver and Colorado have traded 3-0 wins this season with both teams winning on home ice.

After Saturday’s game the Canucks have five days off before hosting the Avalanche on Friday, November 20.

NUMBERS

1 – Goal scored by the Canucks in each of their last three games.

3 – Straight losses for Vancouver, the second time this season the team has dropped three in a row.

3 – Canucks who were held without shots. Fifteen others combined for 32 shots.

8 – Goals for Mason Raymond this season, he's got three in the last four games.

26 – Saves for Roberto Luongo in his first start since October 27.

OFFENCE

The Canucks shook off their 6-1 loss to the Blues in style as they came out firing on all cylinders and heavily outplayed the Red Wings in the first period. Unfortunately that didn't result in any scores.

Vancouver had a lot of chances to score in this game, including a Ryan Kesler post on a breakaway in the second period, but goals were hard to come by.

Shots were 32-29 in favour of the Canucks.

DEFENCE

Roberto Luongo and his blueliners put together a good overall outing as two of Detroit's three goals, Zetterberg's and the empty-netter, were preventable only by luck.

Luongo looked good in his second action in as many games; if the Canucks can get their offence flowing again the team will be back in business.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Vancouver had a chance to pop this game open during back-to-back power plays in the second period, but after Raymond scored one power play earlier, the Canucks simply couldn't get the puck on goal. Vancouver finished 1-for-5.

Detroit scored its first goal on the man advantage finishing 1-for-2.

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