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>>caption: AS THE PUCK (M) BOUNCED
BACK OUT OF THE NET, ALEX BURROWS
(L) AND HENRIK SEDIN (R) CELEBRATED
VANCOUVER'S SECOND GOAL<<
@ JOE LOUIS ARENA:
The Red Wings returned to The
Joe for the first time since FEB 13TH
Wednesday night, but the only thing
worth watching for Wings fans was a pretty 200th career NHL goal by Henrik
Gold Medal winning goalie Roberto Luongo of Team Canada made 28-SV to
backstop the Vancouver Canucks to a 6-3 win over Detroit.
US Silver Medalist Olympian and Livonia, MICH native Ryan Kesler scored
the first and last Canucks goals and the Sedin Twins each earned a trio of assists.
The Wings were a step behind the speedy Canucks most of the night and it cost
them dearly. A switch in goalies from Jimmy Howard to little-used Chris Osgood
after Vancouver opened up a 4-2/2nd-Per lead failed to energize the lethargic Red
Kesler (#17) started the scoring just 3:34 into the game when he broke in and
calmly drew to his forehand to beat Howard through the 5-hole.
Detroit tied it at 14:50/1. Zetterberg worked the puck out of the right corner
and fed Jason Williams (#5), who stepped into a one-timer just outside the top
of the right circle.
The Canucks went ahead 2-1 only a minute and a half later. Daniel Sedin's
right side pass was tipped out of mid-air by Alexandre Burrows (#28) at 16:20/1.
Henrik Sedin earned the second assist, leading the odd-man rush after Detroit DEF
Niklas Kronwall stepped on the puck and fell down in the Canucks end.
Zetterberg re-tied the game 2-all at 1:47/2. Zetterberg skated to a wide angle
below the left circle and wristered underneath a surprised Luongo.
Vancouver took firm control with the next three goals. When Detroit got caught
in a line change, Kyle Wellwood (#9) snapshot over Howard's waving glove at 7:11/2.
It took just 5-sec after a phantom hooking call on Kronwall for Sami Salo (#7) to bury
the puck from the right point for a power play goal through two sets of legs (one Canuck
& one Wings player) to chase Howard at 11:33/2. Former Red Wing Mikael Samuelsson
(#22) welcomed Ozzie to the game when he wristered from along the left boards through
traffic at 17:30/2 to make it 5-2.
Kesler (#18) tipped-in a Daniel Sedin feed at 6:35/3 for a 6-2 margin.
Johan Franzen (#5) got his second goal in as many games since the Olympic break
when he converted a Pavel Datsyuk pass during a power play at 15:13/3 for the 6-3 final.
The Canucks improved to 19-6-2 in their last 27 games and snapped a 3-game losing
streak vs Detroit.
R-WINGS H-COACH MIKE BABCOCK: "We were poor. We were poor in goal, we
were poor in the back end and we were poor up front, we were poor in the work
ethic department. We didn't look like a team that's dying to get into the playoffs
in any way, shape or form...Going into tonight, we had 12 of 20 games at home,
and you've got to build momentum and you've got to feel good about yourself, and
for whatever reason, we weren't very good. They were better all night long...It's
unacceptable. It's crazy to play like that."
R-WINGS CEN HENRIK ZETTERBERG: ""I don't think it was effort, it was just too
many mistakes. It's a game where you have to take the positive and leave the
negative and go win the next game..It [his 200th goal] should've come earlier.
It's not that big of an achievement to get 200 at this point.''
R-WINGS GOALIE JIMMY HOWARD: "The puck just didn't hit me tonight...The
third one was a nice shot, the fourth one I didn't see it until it was going under me
...Being a goalie...you've got to have a short-term memory and let things roll off
your back...It was just one of those nights. I'll put it behind me."
CANUCKS CEN RYAN KESLER: "It was special. I always cherish playing in front of
friends and family."
CANUCKS CEN KYLE WELLWOOD: "We were able to score on our chances when
they did make a mistake. When that happens, it's hard to come back."
The Red Wings have failed to score more than four goals in any of their last
45 games. The only longer stretch in franchise history is 60 games during the
Andreas Lilja assisted on Zetterberg's goal for his first point since coming off
the IR list.
Burrows equalled his NHL c areer-high with his 28th goal.
The Red Wings made just a pair of minor league moves at Wednesday's NHL
trading deadline. Detroit shipped CEN Kris Newbury (1-G in 4-GP with the Wings)
from AHL Grand Rapids to the New York Rangers for L-Wing Jordan Owens (who
moves from the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack to the GR Griffins). Then, in a transaction
completed before but announced after the deadline, the Wings sent DEF Andy
Delmore from G-Rapids to the Calgary Flames for minor league FWD Riley Armstrong
(who will go from the AHL Abbotsford Heat to the Griffins).
The Canucks made three minor deals at the deadline including sending former
Red Wing DEF Mathieu Schneider (who was playing for Vancouver's Manitoba Moose
farm club) to the Phoenix Coyotes for a conditional sixth round entry draft pick plus
minor league DEF Sean Zimmerman.
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