NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Detroit
(Thursday, January 26th)
Final Score: Detroit 2, Vancouver 1
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Brendan Shanahan tallied the 100th game-winning goal of his career to lift the Detroit Red Wings over the Vancouver Canucks, 2-1, at Joe Louis Arena.
Nicklas Lidstrom notched his 10th goal of the season and Manny Legace made 14 saves for the Red Wings, who snapped a two-game skid. Robert Lang registered his 24th assist of the season for Detroit.
"It feels good because obviously, you please your teammates," Shanahan said. "They're not just meaningless goals. You play to win games. You want to be in a situation to get a big goal and provide a win. It's a nice milestone. I don't really care too much for most of those but this one I'm happy with and hope to build on."
Anson Carter scored the Canucks only goal and Alexander Auld stopped 33 of the 35 shots he faced for Vancouver, which has lost three straight contests. Daniel Sedin notched his 30th helper of the year for the Canucks.
Tied 1-1 late in the third period, Shanahan gathered a pass along the right half wall before skating to the top of the circle and unleashing a shot that beat Auld, who was screened by Steve Yzerman, cleanly to the glove side to give Detroit a power-play goal and a 2-1 lead with seven minutes to play.
"He just knows how to play the game," Shanahan said. "Most times, I'm the one standing in front but if I'm not there, he has no fear of going in there and doing that job. The goal isn't scored unless Steve's screening the goalie."
Vancouver seemingly tied the game with 41 seconds left in regulation after a scrum in front resulted in the puck squirting into the back of the net. But the referee ruled that the puck had been whistled dead and the goal was waived off.
"They blew the whistle and we just have to live with that call," Vancouver head coach Marc Crawford said. "That's what they saw and it's probably what happened. They were pretty adamant about it."
Vancouver drew first blood 13:10 into the opening frame after Carter took a pass on the left wing, skated out in front of the net and shoveled a forehand from down low past Legace's glove for a 1-0 lead.
The Red Wings netted the equalizer with just under nine minutes to go in the second period while on a two-man advantage after Lidstrom one-timed a shot from the top of the right circle that beat Auld glove side to make it 1-1.
Carter has scored in all three games against Detroit this season...Lidstrom's tally ended an eight-game goalless streak...Detroit improved to 5-5-1 against the Northwest Division...Detroit outshot Vancouver 12-4 in the third period and 35-15 for the game...Detroit defenseman Mathieu Schneider had his four- game goal-scoring streak snapped.
01/26 23:53:53 ET