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>>caption: WILLIAMS (upraised arms)
CELEBRATES HIS GAME WINNER<<
@ VANCOUVER, BC:
The Red Wings did the unlikely in
getting their first road win of the
season and their first win of any kind
in their last four games late night Thursday.
Detroit beat Canucks All-Star goalie Roberto Luongo four times in the final
period to win 5-4 at Vancouver.
At the other end of the ice, Wings starting goaltender Chris Osgood was
abruptly yanked after yielding two goals on just four shots in the first 7:03.
Jimmy Howard came on in relief and made 20-SV including two spectacular stops
in the final minute to get his second career NHL win and his first since the
Pavel Datsyuk scored his first two goals of the season, both in the 3rd-Per.
Datsyuk's first goal tied the game 3-all at 6:05/3 when he head-faked to pull the
puck into shooting position, then fell down in the right circle as he leaned hard
into a wrister. Shortly thereafter, Datsyuk briefly put Detroit ahead 4-3 at 9:31/3
when he stepped into a wrist shot from the top of the left circle for a power play goal.
Henrik Sedin's second goal of the game (#6 for the season) was an in-front wrister on
the power play that re-tied the contest 4-all at 12:03/3 for Vancouver.
Jason Williams then got the game's deciding goal. Detroit was on the power play when
Valtteri Filppula drew defenders toward him on the right wing and passed across to an
open Williams, the late man up the slot. Williams got the easy tap-in (#2) at 14:57/3.
Earlier, Sedin potted a funny bounce off the end boards past Osgood just 30-sec into the
game. When Christian Ehrhoff (#3) flicked a wide-angle wrister from along the left wall
through Ozzie's 5-hole at 7:05/1 to make it 2-0, Wings coach Mike Babcock did a Capt.
Hook and replaced struggling Osgood with back-up Howard.
Tomas Holmstrom (#6) completed a tic-tac-toe passing play with a backhander from the
nose of the crease to get the Wings on the board at 15:47/1.
Following a scoreless 2nd-Per, Niklas Kronwall (#2) tied the game for the first of three times
in the 3rd-Per when he made it 2-2 at 3:51/3. Kronwall shot from wide right and beat Luongo
high on the glove side between Luongo's body and the right post just as Canucks DEF Alexander
Edler was checking Holmstrom into Luongo.
That sparked a shooting gallery final frame.
Former Red Wing Matthew Schneider burried a left circle slapshot for a PPG at
5:05/3 for his first goal in his second game-played this season. Schneider's shot gave
the Canucks a 3-2 lead for exactly 1-min before the first of Datsyuk's two goals.
Luongo faced 42 Detroit shots including 14 in the 3rd-Per.
Datsyuk of Detroit and Sedin of Vancouver both had 2-G & 1-A.
The Canucks had their 5-game home ice winning streak stopped.
Detroit is now 1-1-1 on their 5-game western road trip and 4-4-2 on the season.
R-WINGS H-COACH MIKE BABCOCK: "We obviously had a real tough start, but we battled back
...Howie did a good job...You just stick to it and you get better...[but] we need to be a better
R-WINGS GOALIE JIMMY HOWARD: "Yeah, it feels really good...The guys...did a great job...We
never quit...I just wanted to give the guys a chance...Just making timely saves, that's my job."
Vancouver CEN Ryan Johnson was stretchered off the ice after crashing head-first into the
boards at 2:51/2. The speedy Johnson charged around Wings DEF Nicklas Lidstrom as he chased
a loose puck into the Detroit zone, but lost his balance in the process and tumbled awkwardly
into the boards without having time to brace himself during the fall. Johnson was secured onto a
spinal board and taken to hospital. Johnson's mother was in the crowd and rode with him in the
ambulance. The Canucks medical staff said Johnson was being taken for tests and overnight
observation as a precautionary measure. Johnson, younger brother of onetime Red Wing Greg
Johnson, has had concussion problems in the past. A later report said Johnson was alert and
able to move all of his limbs at the hospital.
Before giving up 5-GA Tuesday, Luongo had yielded just a combined six goals over his previous
Holmstrom has five goals in his last seven games vs Vancouver.
Onetime Canuck Brad May of Detroit had a toe-to-doe draw with current Canuck Tanner
Glass, both receiving 5-min fighting penalties at 9:27/2.
Howard will get the start in goal when Detroit visits Edmonton Thursday night.
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