NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Detroit
(Friday, March 5th)
Final Score: Detroit 3, Vancouver 1
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Nicklas Lidstrom registered a season-high three points on a goal and two assists to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 triumph over the Vancouver Canucks at Joe Louis Arena.
Brett Hull had a goal and an assist and Brendan Shanahan also tallied for Detroit, which is now riding a four-game win streak. Manny Legace stopped 23 shots in the victory.
"It was a good effort by everybody," Detroit head coach Dave Lewis said.
Mike Keane scored the lone goal for the Canucks, while Dan Cloutier made 24 saves, as Vancouver lost for the first time in five contests (3-1-1).
"We didn't play good enough for this kind of game," Vancouver's Todd Bertuzzi said.
Detroit received some bad news before the game, learning that budding superstar forward Pavel Datsyuk will be out for the next 10-14 days because of a sprained ankle. The 25-year-old has 25 goals and 36 assists this season.
The news comes just two days after the team learned it had lost center Kris Draper and defenseman Mathieu Dandenault for about one month due to shoulder and foot injuries, respectively.
After a scoreless first period, during which Cloutier made 12 saves and Legace stopped eight shots, Detroit finally got on the board on Shanahan's 20th of the season, 3:15 into the second.
Lidstrom did a nice job of keeping a loose puck in the zone, and moved toward the right point. From there, he feathered a pass to Shanahan at the point, and Shanahan unleashed a laser that beat an unscreened Cloutier from about 58 feet for the lead.
This marked the 16th straight season that Shanahan reached the 20-goal mark, tying him for fourth all-time in NHL history with Phil Esposito.
Hull made it 2-0 on the power play just over three minutes later. Lidstrom kept another off-the-mark pass in the offensive zone and zipped a pass to Hull at the top of left faceoff circle. His one-time blast beat Cloutier to the stick side.
"We did a good job of killing (the penalty) until the end of the shift," Vancouver head coach Marc Crawford said. "And then the goal sucked the life out of us."
Lidstrom had even more direct involvement in the team's third goal at the 6:07 mark of the third. Lidstrom broke out of the neutral zone with one man to beat. But he patiently waited for some help in the form of Ray Whitney, who touch-passed it back to Lidstrom for the one-timer.
Vancouver finally solved Legace with just over five minutes remaining in the game, when Sean Pronger won a faceoff at the right circle back to Keane, who ripped a shot just inside the left post to make it 3-1.
Lidstrom hadn't registered a point in his previous five games...Hull's goal was his first in seven games...Whitney has two goals and five assists in his last seven games...Detroit is 31-14-2-1 when scoring first...Detroit is 7-1-1 in its last nine overall...Keane's goal was his first since January 9th against Anaheim, a span of 20 games.
03/06 01:30:50 ET