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Vey's shootout winner lifts Canucks past Red Wings

by Paul Harris

DETROIT -- Linden Vey scored in the seventh round of the shootout to give the Vancouver Canucks a 4-3 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday at Joe Louis Arena.

Vey, recalled from Utica of the American Hockey League earlier in the day, snapped a shot from between the hash marks past Jimmy Howard for the win after Vancouver's Radim Vrbata and Detroit's Brad Richards had scored earlier in the tiebreaker.

"Good for him," Canucks coach Willie Desjardins said of Vey. "He played well and created a couple of good chances."

Sven Baertschi had a goal and an assist and Jared McCann and Radim Vrbata scored for Vancouver (12-14-8), which won for the third time in 11 games (3-6-2). Ryan Miller made 25 saves through overtime and six more in the shootout.

"We wanted to keep the puck away from their key players, (Pavel) Datsyuk and (Henrik) Zetterberg, and we did that," McCann said.

Datsyuk had a goal and an assist and Joakim Andersson and Zetterberg scored for Detroit (16-9-7). Howard made 37 saves.

The Red Wings spent the night playing catch-up after being outplayed for most of the first two periods.

"It is my job to make sure we are ready to go at the start of the game, and we weren't, so that's on me. That might have been our worst first period of the season, and we didn't really get going until the end of the second," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "When you are not ready to play, it takes an extraordinarily long period of time to get into gear, and we showed that tonight. We were able to do enough to earn a point."

The Canucks were without captain and top-line center Henrik Sedin, who left a 2-0 loss against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday in the second period with a lower-body injury.

Zetterberg tied it 3-3 with 1:07 left in the third period and Howard pulled for an extra attacker. He beat Miller from the bottom of the right circle high on the short side. It was Zetterberg's sixth goal.

"Felt bad about giving up the short-side goal," Miller said. "… [I] should have been a little more assertive but we ground it out in overtime."

Vrbata gave the Canucks a 3-2 lead 5:33 into the third period when he picked up a rebound, skated across the top of the crease and slid a backhand shot past Howard for his 10th goal.

Datsyuk made it 2-2 at 3:29 of the third period with his third goal. He scored into the open side of the net from the bottom of the right circle after taking a pass from defenseman Brendan Smith.

Baertschi made it 2-0 with 2:52 left in the second period when he scored from the bottom of the left circle off a cross-slot pass from Bo Horvat on a 3-on-2 rush. It was Baertschi's third goal of the season.

"We played hard. I thought our first two periods were outstanding, … It was a good effort," Desjardins said.

Andersson cut the lead to 2-1 just 1:45 later when he got position in front of the net and tipped defenseman Danny DeKeyser's pass from the left-wing corner past Miller for his first goal of the season.

McCann gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead with 1:03 left in the first period when he put a carom off the end boards past Howard from the inside part of the right circle. It was McCann's seventh goal and first in 15 games.

"I was really unhappy with myself, because I should have stopped that puck before it ever got to the end boards," Howard said. "I know how much bounce you get, and I shouldn't have taken the chance."

The Canucks outshot the Red Wings 17-5 in the first period.

Blashill brought in former NHL player and Hockey Hall of Famer Adam Oates to consult with the coaching staff for the next three days. Oates began his playing career in Detroit.

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