NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Vancouver
(Monday, November 3rd)
Final Score: Vancouver 5, Detroit 1
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Jason King scored twice and Markus Naslund added a goal and two assists, as the Vancouver Canucks pounded Detroit, 5-1, at GM Place.
Todd Bertuzzi contributed with a goal and an assist for the Canucks, who extended their unbeaten streak to eight games (6-0-2).
Brendan Morrison also scored and Dan Cloutier turned aside 22-of-23 shots for Vancouver, which is unbeaten at home this season (6-0-1).
Brett Hull scored for Detroit, but the Red Wings' winless streak reached five games (0-4-1). Manny Legace made 20 saves in a losing effort.
The Canucks managed just five shots in the opening period, but Bertuzzi's first goal since the opening game of the season gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead. Naslund stole the puck in the neutral zone to set up the goal. After carrying the puck into the Detroit zone, Naslund slid a pass to Bertuzzi in the right circle. The shot beat Legace high to the short side at 18:32.
Vancouver scored four more times in the second period to take control of the contest. Bertuzzi sent Naslund in alone on Legace and a backhander hit the post to the netminder's left. However, the rebound rolled across the front of the net and Morrison scored into an open net from the low left circle to give the Canucks a 2-0 lead just 1:26 into the period.
King was the recipient of a loose puck and turned and fired a one-timer from the slot that beat Legace high to the stick side to give Vancouver a 3-0 lead at 10:56 of the middle stanza.
Naslund's shot from the slot hit the stick of Red Wings defenseman Mathieu Dandenault and deflected past Legace at 14:46 of the second period to give Vancouver a commanding 4-0 advantage.
King jammed the puck past Legace from the right side of the net with the Canucks on the power play with 1:28 to play in the period and Vancouver went to the locker room with a five-goal lead after 40 minutes of action.
Hull spoiled Cloutier's bid for a shutout just over seven minutes into the final period with his fifth goal of the season.
Red Wings goaltender Dominik Hasek is sidelined with a sore groin. The Wings other netminder, Curtis Joseph, who is also hampered by a groin problem, was the backup to Legace...Vancouver has scored the first goal in each of its first 12 games this season, tying the record set by Philadelphia for the longest such streak to start a season. The Flyers accomplished the feat to start the 1985-86 season...Morrison extended his points streak to eight games. He has four goals and six assists in the stretch...Vancouver finished 1-for-2 on the power play, while the Red Wings failed in four opportunities with the extra skater...Detroit managed just two shots on goal in the opening period.
11/04 01:02:08 ET