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Trending: Fast start does not last as Wings fall to Canucks, 5-1

Vancouver wins special teams battle as Detroit struggles

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

VANCOUVER -- It was a great first shift for the Detroit Red Wings but not a lot went right after that.

Dylan Larkin scored 30 seconds into the game but it was all Vancouver after that as the Canucks earned a 5-1 victory at Rogers Arena Tuesday night.

It extends Vancouver's winning streak to three games while the Wings have dropped two straight.

Troy Stecher, Alexander Edler (power play), Elias Pettersson and J.T. Miller (two power play) tallied for the Canucks.

Detroit goaltender Jonathan Bernier made 27 saves.

Vancouver netminder Thatcher Demko, making his first career start against the Wings, had 26 saves.

Up next for the Wings is a back-to-back set Thursday in Calgary and Friday in Edmonton.

The Canucks begin a four-game road trip Thursday in St. Louis, ending next Tuesday in Detroit.

1. Dylan Larkin : The top line continued to do what it does, kicking the game off on a positive note on the first shift. The trio of Larkin, Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi kept the puck in the offensive zone, finally culminating in Larkin getting the puck alone in front of Demko and scoring his second of the season. Mantha and Bertuzzi picked up the assists. However, the three could not score again during the game as the Canucks took over. Larkin finished with 23 shifts for 20:16, had two shots, a blocked shot, was 6-of-15 on face-offs and was even.

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: Didn't have to stay up too late to see the first goal of the night. Thank you, @Dylanlarkin39. #LGRW

Quotable: "I thought we didn't have a very good end to the first period, really bad start to the second and bad second period and the third the game was out of reach. They scored another one. Not a good second period for us. I thought we came out and played well, we had some chances, attacked and made plays, but not enough in the second period." - Larkin

Quotable II: "I'm not sure what happened. You score on the first shift, you'd think the whole team gets a lot of momentum off that but somehow we managed to give it back to them." - Frans Nielsen

Quotable III: "What needs to happen is guys gotta dig in and play better. We've relied lots on that top line. If they're not great that night, we haven't been good enough. We need more lines going for sure. I thought (Athanasiou's) line was better tonight overall. Each line has to dig in and find a way to be way closer to 100 percent." - Wings coach Jeff Blashill

2. Penalty kill: Certainly losing defenseman Danny DeKeyser to an upper-body injury right before the game was not an optimal start for the penalty kill. At the same time, the Canucks' power play did not really even need time to set up, scoring on their first shot on two straight man-advantage opportunities. Twenty seconds after Mike Green was called for holding, Edler scored from the high slot at 1:13 of the second with Miller screening Bernier. Pettersson and Brock Boeser assisted. At 12:45 of the second, 15 seconds after Green was called for tripping, Miller redirected Edler's shot for a 4-1 Vancouver lead. Boeser also assisted. Miller got his second power-play goal of the game and third of the season at 13:23 of the third on a shot from the mid-slot. The Canucks finished 3-for-5 with the man-advantage.

Quotable: "We just have to block shots. I lost a few key face-offs for us there that hurt. And then we gotta find a way to get in front of shots and win face-offs." - Luke Glendening

Quotable II: "We knew kind of what they were trying. We were kind of in the right position. but we got to block the shots. I got to block the shots there. That's basically what it comes down to." - Nielsen

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: "It just comes down to working harder and competing out there. They did a better job of that."Frans Nielsen, Luke Glendening, and Coach Blashill speak following tonight's game against the Vancouver Canucks. | @CocaCola #DETvsVAN

Quotable III: "It wasn't enough for our team to come in and start a road trip and not have the compete level anywhere near what theirs was and what it should be in an NHL game. It was unacceptable, frustrating, I think. If we play like that every night it's going to be the same result. We're not good enough to come out and throw our sticks out there and play hockey. We need to battle and block shots, PK needs to be good, we need to win battles in front of our net. We didn't do any of that, it's frustrating." - Larkin

3. Power play: While the penalty kill struggled, the power play was not a lot better. Trailing 4-1 early in the third period, the Wings had their chance when Miller was called for hooking at 2:23 and Jay Beagle was called for tripping at 2:47. That gave Detroit 1:37 with a two-man advantage but nothing substantial materialized. The Canucks managed to obstruct both shooting and passing lanes. The Wings finished 0-for-3 with the man-advantage.

Quotable: "They just wanted it a little more than us. Special teams not good enough. I think structure-wise, we were fine, it just comes down to working harder and competing out there, and they did a better job of that." - Nielsen

Quotable II: "Both specialty teams were not good enough. We've talked about it before. We're not going to win games if the specialty teams are not good enough. Obviously if you give up three power-play goals, get a five-on-three and don't score. Specialty teams gotta be better than they were for sure." - Blashill

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