NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Vancouver
(Saturday, February 23rd)
Final Score: Vancouver 4, Detroit 1
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Ryan Kesler scored a pair of third-period goals, as the Vancouver Canucks kept their winning streak going with a 4-1 win over the struggling Detroit Red Wings.
Sami Salo and Alexander Edler also tallied for Vancouver, which has won four in a row. Roberto Luongo stopped 28-of-29 shots for the Canucks, who lost the first three games against the Red Wings this season, but came out victors in the final matchup.
"Right now, we're playing with some confidence. I know first and foremost my job's to shut down the other team's top lines for the guys," Kesler said. "To score a couple tonight is just a bonus."
Pavel Datsyuk scored the lone goal for Detroit, which has lost two in a row and eight of nine. James Howard allowed four goals on 35 shots.
Edler got the Canucks on the board first with a goal at the 14:26 mark of the opening period. Datsyuk then notched a power play tally about 2 1/2 minutes later to tie the game.
But Salo's goal midway through the middle frame was the first of three unanswered goals that propelled the Canucks to the win. With Detroit's Kyle Quincey in the box for roughing, Vancouver went a man-up and quickly took advantage.
Henrik Sedin controlled the puck to the right of the net, and sent a pass out front in the slot for Salo, who one-timed it past Howard for a 2-1 Vancouver lead.
Then, just 3:31 into the third period, Kesler put the Canucks up by two. He managed to get control of the puck up the left boards, and race up-ice on a breakaway. As he closed in on net, he shifted forcefully across the crease -- as a Detroit defender was right on his back -- shifted the puck from his backhand and slid a forehand shot between Howard's pads.
"It definitely took the wind out of our sails. Two-goal lead for them at home is a pretty good cushion for them, especially with who they have back there at the back end in Luongo," Howard said. "It was a good power move. He battled very strong to the net and I didn't get my legs closed quick enough."
With three minutes left, Kesler got the puck in almost the same location, raced ahead on a breakaway, and made almost an identical move. The goal put the Canucks ahead 4-1, and effectively iced the game.
Detroit was 1-for-7 on power plays, while Vancouver was 1-for-3...The Canucks host Colorado on Wednesday...The Red Wings travel to Edmonton on Tuesday.
02/24 02:03:11 ET