NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Vancouver
(Tuesday, October 27th)
Final Score: Detroit 5, Vancouver 4
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Jason Williams scored the game-winning goal with about five minutes to play in the third period, as the Detroit Red Wings edged Vancouver, 5-4, to snap the Canucks' five-game home winning streak.
Williams also had an assist for the Red Wings, who picked up their first road victory (1-3-1) of the season. Pavel Datsyuk had two goals and an assist to help Detroit snap a three-game skid. Tomas Holmstrom added a goal and an assist, while Niklas Kronwall lit the lamp for the victors.
Chris Osgood allowed two goals on four shots before being pulled in the first period. James Howard took over between the pipes and turned aside 20-of-22 shots in the win.
"We haven't done a lot of winning here lately. We've been doing a lot of good things and haven't found a way to win," Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock said. "I thought it was a good step for Howard tonight, and good for our team."
Henrik Sedin finished with two goals and an assist for the Canucks, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Christian Ehrhoff and Mathieu Schneider each had a goal for Vancouver, which finished a three-game homestand with a 2-1-0 mark. Roberto Luongo stopped 37-of-42 shots in defeat.
"We gave them way too much room and took some bad penalties and they've got a great power play, we knew that coming in," Sedin said.
Down 2-1, Kronwall scored 3:51 into the third to tie things up. The Canucks responded over a minute later with Schneider's power-play score. Schneider controlled the puck at the left circle and his slapper got past Howard.
A pair of Datsyuk goals put the Red Wings on top. Datsyuk tied the game when he lit the lamp at the 6:05 mark. Then his wrister from the left point on the power play put Detroit ahead 4-3 at the 9:31 mark.
Sedin's power-play score with 7:57 remaining tied the contest at 4-4.
Williams responded with a power-play score of his own to put the Red Wings up 5-4 with 5:03 to play. Todd Bertuzzi controlled the puck at the right circle before sliding a pass to Valtteri Filppula, who was positioned at the bottom of the right circle. Filppula quickly slid a perfect cross-ice pass through the crease to Williams, who banged home the game-winner.
The Canucks scored just 30 seconds into the game to take a 1-0 edge. Mikael Samuelsson's slapper from the right point bounced off the boards and settled in front of the net. Sedin gathered the disc and backhanded it into the net.
Ehrhoff's goal at the 7:05 mark gave Vancouver a two-goal margin. However, the Red Wings lit the lamp with 4:13 to play in the first to cut the gap to one. Datsyuk collected a loose puck at the right circle before passing in front to Henrik Zetterberg, who set up Holmstrom with a chip-in score.
A scary moment took place with 17:09 left in the second period. Canucks center Ryan Johnson charged down the right side of the ice with the disc as he entered into the Red Wings zone. He attempted to get past a defender but fell in the process and went crashing into the boards, with his upper back taking most of the pounding.
He remained almost motionless on the ice as the trainers and medical staff rushed onto the ice. Johnson was placed on a backboard before being put on a stretcher. Johnson was reported to be alert with full movement and was taken to the hospital for further observation.
These two clubs split four meetings a season ago...The Red Wings travel to Edmonton on Thursday, while the Canucks head to Los Angeles on Thursday...Osgood was 17-4-2 with four ties and a 2.56 GAA in his career against Vancouver coming into Tuesday.
10/28 02:26:21 ET