The Goods: Downed in Detroit
The Vancouver Canucks haven’t hit the ditch, but their road trip has gotten off track.
The Canucks, playing their third game in four nights, lost their second straight outing, this time 2-0 to the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena Thursday night.
Three sluggish first periods to open the season and the Canucks were intent on flying out of the gates in Detroit, which they did, outshooting the Red Wings 12-9.
Vancouver couldn’t hit the scoreboard, unfortunately, the opposition landed the first punch for the fourth straight game as midway through the second Justin Abdelkader scored his first goal of the season and Valtteri Filppula followed that up with his first of the campaign 2:18 later.
The Filppula tally was the cherry on top, only one goal was needed to down the Canucks thanks to the stellar goaltending of Jimmy Howard. He made 25 saves in the shutout, Detroit’s second straight; the Red Wings have not allowed a goal in 1:21:31 and counting spanning three games.
Cory Schneider, making his first career start in Detroit, did all he could at the other end of the rink with a 35-save he stood on his head performance. He was impressive in his second outing of the season, especially in the second period with Vancouver outshot 24-8, but the Canucks couldn’t get it together offensively.
Still, Vancouver remains an impressive team in the back-end of consecutive games at 18-5-3 over the last three seasons.
This is the first time in seven meetings with the Wings that the Canucks failed to record at least a single point.
Onward and upward, Vancouver ends its four-game road trip Saturday night in Edmonton against the Oilers.
Abdelkader? AGAIN? REALLY?
Of all the Detroit Red Wings to score the game-winner on Cory Schneider, it had to be Justin Abdelkader.
Been there, done that.
April 7, 2007, Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Boston College Eagles vs. Michigan State Spartans in the NCAA Men’s Division 1 Frozen Four championship game.
Schneider between the pipes for Boston College, Abdelkader up front for Michigan State. The Spartans forward breaks a 1-1 tie with 19 seconds left in the third period before Michigan State scores an empty netter late to win the game 3-1 in the wildest of wild finishes.
Abdelkader had a goal and an assist and earned tournament MOP for his troubles.
Two career goals for Abdelkader on Schneider, two career game-winners for Abdelkader on Schneider.
All the firepower upfront for the Red Wings and it had to be Abdelkader.
DANIEL OVERLOOKED NO MORE
The action was so back and forth between the Vancouver Canucks and Philadelphia Flyers Wednesday night, Daniel Sedin’s 251st career goal was completely overlooked.
It was a biggie.
Daniel moved into fifth place on the Canucks all-time scoring list passing Tony Tanti; he’s now three scores back of Pavel Bure’s 254 for fourth all-time, Stan Smyl’s 262 is next up, with Trevor Linden’s 318 and Markus Naslund’s 346 still in the distance.
He’s known as the goal-scoring twin, but Daniel is also up there with the greatest assist men in Canucks franchise history as his 405 helpers has him fifth overall, five back of Naslund’s 410. It’s Smyl at 411, Linden at 415 and Henrik Sedin way off in the distance at 513 up next.
On this night the Sedins were stifled just like their teammates, but it wasn’t due to a lack of effort. The Sedins combined for six shots and three hits. They failed to record a point for the first time this season.
after Hodgson drew a penalty midway through the first period.
Of the 10 NHLers who have attempted at least 40 draws, Malhotra is fourth at 61.5 per cent.
sticks over the last three games, including three in Detroit.
Why do I bring this up? Because I miss my Brett Hull GT snow racer.