Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) – Pavel Datsyuk scored twice to lead the
Detroit Red Wings to a 5-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday.
Gustav Nyquist, Niklas Kronwall and Danny DeKeyser all lit the lamp for the
Red Wings, who have won their last four. Jimmy Howard stopped 30 shots in the
Linden Vey had two goals and an assist and Yannick Weber also scored for the
Canucks, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Ryan Miller allowed four
goals on 29 shots in defeat, ending a personal shutout streak.
Trailing by two goals, the Canucks made it a 3-2 game with 7:34 to play as
Weber’s shot from the right point made it to the back of the net for his
second of the year.
DeKeyser, though, answered 1:10 later on a big blast from the left point for
his first marker of the season.
Vancouver once again made it a one-goal game after a lot of pressure in the
Detroit end was finished by Vey’s second of the game from the left side with
3:50 to play.
Datsyuk, though, sealed the win with an empty-netter in the final minute of
Moments into the game, a power surge affected some of the lights in the arena,
causing a delay of roughly 25 minutes as the issue was addressed.
Miller brought a shutout streak of 152 minutes, five seconds into the game but
gave up a goal to Kronwall after just 3:15.
During a sequence in the Vancouver end, Detroit was working the puck around
the perimeter with Jonathan Ericsson sending a pass from the left point to the
right. From there, Kronwall skated it down to the circle where he wristed it
home for his fourth of the year.
On the power play, the Red Wings added to their advantage at 11:16 of the
first as Nyquist finished off a crisp passing play with a wrister from the low
Vancouver cut its deficit in half 2:37 into the second on the power play when
Vey snapped it in from in front, but Detroit got it back on the power play at
14:24 after Datsyuk buried a rebound in front.
Detroit forward Justin Abdelkader left the game with an upper-body injury …
Before the game, Detroit activated defenseman Brendan Smith from injured
reserve and assigned defenseman Xavier Ouellet to the AHL’s Grand Rapids
Griffins. Smith missed the team’s last five games with a hand infection …
Detroit hosts Florida on Tuesday … Vancouver continues its seven-game road
trip in Washington on Tuesday … Detroit won both meetings with Vancouver