Gustav Nyquist joined Datsyuk with a power-play goal and
defensemen Niklas Kronwall and Danny DeKeyser also tallied for the
Red Wings, who went 2-for-4 with the man advantage to improve to
7-for-17 in the last four games. Captain Henrik Zetterberg notched
two assists for the second straight contest as Detroit moved within
one point of front-runners Tampa Bay and Montreal in the Atlantic
Linden Vey scored his second goal of the contest after the puck
caromed off his skate and past Howard to trim the Red Wings' lead to
4-3 with 3:50 remaining in the third period. Vey also set up Shawn
Matthias' tally and Michigan native Ryan Miller (25 saves) saw his
shutout streak end at 155 minutes, 20 seconds and fell to 2-10-2 in
his career versus Detroit.
The Red Wings showed no ill effects of a 33-minute delay due to a
power surge before jumping on the Canucks in the first period.
Kronwall wired a shot from the right circle that sailed over the
right shoulder of Miller at 3:15 of the period before Nyquist
deposited Zetterberg's sharp circle-to-circle pass into the open net
eight minutes later for his team-leading 11th goal.
Vancouver trimmed the deficit 2:37 into the second as captain Henrik
Sedin's backhanded centering feed found Vey for a one-timer from the
inner hashmarks of the right circle. Detroit doubled the the
advantage at 14:24 as Vancouver defenseman Luca Sbisa inadvertently
shot the puck into this own net from the right doorstep while
fending off Datsyuk before the teams traded goals 70 seconds apart
in the third.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Nyquist is tied with Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin for
the league lead with seven power-play goals. ... Joe Louis Arena
experienced a brief power surge, causing a partial blackout just 29
seconds into the contest. The teams and officials retreated to the
locker room and returned when the issue was fixed. ... Detroit D
Brendan Smith registered three shots in his return from a five-game
absence due to an infection in his hand. ... Red Wings LW Justin
Abdelkader suffered an upper-body injury and did not return.
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