Zetterberg scores 2, lifts Wings over Canucks 5-2
- Associated Press
- March 17, 2013 - 12:20 AM
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader both scored two goals, and the Detroit Red Wings surged past the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 on Saturday night.
Zetterberg broke out with his first goals in 11 games, dating to the Red Wings' 8-3 rout of Vancouver in Detroit on Feb. 24.
Daniel Cleary also scored for the Red Wings (14-10-5), who earned their second road win in two nights.
Alex Burrows scored both of Vancouver's goals. His first, which came just 6 seconds in, was the fastest opening goal in Canucks history.
Vancouver, which outshot Detroit 35-26, allowed one power-play goal in three chances, but the Canucks were 0-for-6 on their advantages.
The Canucks lost for the first time in three games.
Burrows started the scoring right after the opening faceoff when he took a cross-ice pass from Daniel Sedin and fired a shot just inside the post behind goalie Jimmy Howard from the top of the right circle. The goal was Burrows' first in 11 games.
Burrows broke Trevor Linden's record for Vancouver's fastest first goal — 9 seconds — set against Anaheim on Jan. 16, 1994. The goal was the fourth fastest in NHL history.
But the Canucks generated few dangerous opportunities afterward, despite outshooting Detroit by a wide margin in the first 30 minutes.
Abdelkader made it 1-1 at 6:08 of the first period when Pavel Datsyuk's pass went in off his skate.
Burrows had another excellent scoring chance with just under nine minutes left in the first, but Howard came across the crease and made a diving glove save as the Vancouver winger one-timed Jannik Hansen's pass from the opposite post.
The Canucks lost forward David Booth to a leg injury in the final minute of the first period as he raced to the puck in the Detroit corner to beat an icing call. He got to the puck in time, but he was checked into the boards and wound up under a pile of players.
He couldn't put any weight on his left leg as he glided off the ice, and didn't return for the start of the second period.
The Canucks ran into penalty trouble in the second period when Burrows' high-sticking infraction nullified a Vancouver power play. Max Lapierre's subsequent tripping penalty gave the Red Wings a two-man advantage for 1:16.
With Lapierre still in the penalty box, Zetterberg fired in a pass from Datsyuk to culminate some tic-tac-toe passing that Johan Franzen started from behind the Vancouver net.
Jannik Hansen had a chance to draw the Canucks even on a penalty shot about three minutes later, after he was hauled down on a breakaway by Abdelkader. But he clanked a shot off the corner of the post and crossbar after beating Howard.
Zetterberg increased Detroit's lead to 3-1 just 1:20 into the third period when he whipped in Valtteri Filppula's pass.
Cleary widened the gap with a wrist shot from the slot about four and a half minutes later. He also scored for the first time since the previous game with the Canucks, thanks to some more nice passing from Joakim Andersson and Fabien Brunner.
Vancouver had a two-man advantage for a minute 20 seconds, but could not get any closer on the scoreboard as its power play continues to struggle.
Abdelkader scored his second goal of the night at 14:44 of the third period as he jammed the puck past Roberto Luongo. The goal was awarded after it appeared Luongo had kept the puck out, but a video review showed it crossed the goal line.
Burrows scored his second goal as he backhanded in his own rebound with just under three minutes remaining. The goals were also his first in 11 games.
NOTES: The Canucks signed Kellan Lain, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound center out of Lake Superior State. He had 16 points and 111 penalty minutes in 32 games during his third and final collegiate season. ... Detroit forward Patrick Eaves played in his 400th NHL game. ... The Canucks wore Vancouver Millionaires replica jerseys in honor of the team that played from 1912-22 in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. ... The Red Wings have lost defenseman Kyle Quincey indefinitely to a fractured cheekbone sustained Friday in Edmonton. Ian White took his place in the lineup. ... Vancouver winger Zack Kassian sat out because of a recurring lower-back injury that flared up Friday and bothered him again Saturday.
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