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In-Game Recap: Canucks vs. Red Wings

by Dana Wakiji / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT -- The Red Wings are welcoming in what should be a tired Vancouver Canucks team.

The Canucks, who were shut out 2-0 in Philadelphia Thursday night, are playing their third game in four nights.

They're also without captain Henrik Sedin, who left the game against the Flyers with a lower-body injury.

Sedin's consecutive-games played streak ends at 126 games.

Henrik Sedin is second to twin brother Daniel on the Canucks with 31 points in 33 games to Daniel's 34 in 33.

Henrik Sedin also has 10 goals and 36 assists in 52 games against the Wings while Daniel has 19 goals and 28 assists in 50 games.

This is the sixth time the Canucks are playing on no rest. They come into the game 2-1-2 in those games.

The Canucks called up Linden Vey from the Utica Comets.

In other brother news, Vancouver goaltender Ryan Miller gets the start but won't face his brother, Drew, who is out with a broken lower jaw.

Ryan Miller is 3-10-3 with a 3.23 goals-against average and .899 save percentage in 16 games against the Wings.

The game is also a matchup of two coaches who have won AHL championships.

Jeff Blashill won with the Grand Rapids Griffins in 2013 and Canucks coach Willie Desjardins won with the Texas Stars in 2014.

Despite the fact that the Canucks were in the second of back-to-back games and their third game in four nights, they were the ones who came out firing.

The Canucks had six shots on goaltender Jimmy Howard before the Wings got their first on Miller at 4:29, a wraparound attempt by Tomas Jurco.

The Wings did not get their second shot until 8:49, when Danny DeKeyser's shot from the point was saved by Miller.

Howard was at his best at 7:44 when he stopped Vey on a shot from the slot and then Alexandre Burrows' rebound on the right doorstep.

Brendan Smith was trying to defend Derek Dorsett at 12:21 when he got tangled up with referee Tim Peel and both Smith and Peel ended up on the ice nearly on top of Howard.

No one was injured on the play.

Vancouver had another excellent chance when Bo Horvat (video above) followed up his first shot with a wraparound try that Howard had to dive with his stick to keep out at 16:24.

The Canucks finally capitalized at 18:57 when Jannik Hansen's shot took a bad bounce off the boards right to Jared McCann, who beat Howard stick-side.


SCORING: 1. VAN, McCann (Hansen), 18:57.


SHOTS: Detroit 5, Vancouver 17

The Canucks picked up right where they left off, attacking from the drop of the puck.

Meanwhile, the Wings failed to sustain much time in the offensive zone, mustering one shot when they got the game's first power play at 13:42 when Burrows was called for tripping Tomas Tatar.

The Canucks made it 2-0 at 17:08 when Bo Horvat found Sven Baertschi in the left circle for a one-timer. Radim Vrbata also assisted on the goal.

The Wings finally beat Miller at 18:53 when Joakim Andersson got his first goal of the season. It was Andersson's first goal since last April 11 at Carolina.

Danny DeKeyser and Luke Glendening picked up the assists.


SCORING: 1. VAN, Baertschi (Horvat, Vrbata), 17:08; 2. DET, Andersson (DeKeyser, Glendening), 18:53.

PENALTIES: 1. VAN, Burrows (tripping), 13:42; 2. VAN, Prust (roughing) 20:00.

SHOTS: Detroit 5 (10), Vancouver 10 (27)

The Wings started the period on the power play as Brandon Prust was called for roughing at the 20-minute mark of the second.

But the Wings could not record a shot during the power play.

However, Brendan Smith made a beautiful pass to Pavel Datsyuk at 3:29 and Datsyuk scored into the open right side of the net for his first goal in 10 games, his third goal of the season.

Alexey Marchenko also assisted on the goal.

But the celebration for Wings fans was short-lived as Vrbata got his 10th goal of the season on a backhand rebound at 5:33. Christopher Tanev and Baertschi assisted.

The Wings got into penalty trouble later in the period.

After off-setting penalties to Alex Biega and Glendening for roughing at 12:43, Niklas Kronwall was called for interference at 13:06. Then Brendan Smith was called for slashing at 13:34.

The Wings managed to kill off the two-man advantage while the Canucks got five shots, but it cost the Wings time.

Howard left the net and the Wings called timeout at 18:48 of the 3rd.

Just five seconds lated, Henrik Zetterberg put the puck top shelf to tie the game. Datsyuk got the lone assist.


SCORING: 1. DET, Datsyuk (Smith, Marchenko), 3:29; 2. VAN, Vrbara (Tanev, Baertschi), 5:33; 3. DET, Zetterberg (Datsyuk), 18:53.

PENALTIES: 1. VAN, McCann (hooking), 9:22; 2. Van, Biega (roughing), 12:43; 3. DET, Glendening (roughing), 12:43; 4. DET, Kronwall (interference), 13:06; 5. DET, Smith (slashing) 14:34.

SHOTS: 1. Detroit 14 (24), Vancouver 12 (39).

Zetterberg had a shot at 1:20 that Miller stopped.

The Wings had four shots to the Canucks' one in overtime and carried much of the play but could not beat Miller.




SHOTS: Detroit 4 (28), Vancouver 1 (40).

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