Game 15: Downed by Detroit
On a night where the Red Wings' top line was held off the scoresheet, it was their secondary scorers that proved to be the difference-makers on Wednesday.
Daniel Alfredsson and Tomas Tatar both found the back of the net in the second period for the visitors to lead the Red Wings to a 2-1 victory at Rogers Arena helping them snap a four-game winless skid in the process.
Vancouver, meanwhile, had their four-game win streak snapped and saw their season record drop to 9-5-1.
The Canucks had opened the scoring in the game late in the first period with the twins connecting on a pretty passing play that ended with Daniel beating Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard on a one-timer from near the goal line on a feed from Henrik.
That would be the only time the Canucks would manage to beat Howard, however, as the Red Wings' goaltender would finish the night stopping 19 of 20 shots in the win.
At the other end, Roberto Luongo did just about all he could to keep the Canucks in striking distance of tying the contest.
He made 25 saves on 27 shots with his best coming off Justin Abdelkader on a 3-on-1 Detroit rush with less than five minutes left in the third period.
The Canucks close out their three-game home stand on Saturday night when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs on the same night they will raise a rocket to the rafters with Pavel Bure's jersey No. 10 being officially retired by the organization in a special pre-game ceremony.
ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS: The Canucks didn't manage to extend their win streak but Henrik Sedin did manage to extend his point streak. His assist on Daniel's goal made it 10 straight games with a point for the captain. It ties his personal career record for longest point streak. It was previously set from December 22, 2009 to January 11, 2010 when he had five goals and 20 points on a 10-game point streak. Henrik has three goals and 12 points on his current 10-game point streak.
DONUTS: Ryan Kesler watched his four-game goal streak come to an end on Wednesday which wasn't too surprising considering his best scoring opportunity on the night – which came in the dying seconds of the game – didn't even manage to hit the net. In fact, Kesler, who is the Canucks' leader in shots on goal this season, failed to register even a single shot. It's the first time he has gone shot-less since February 24 of last season in a game, coincidentally, against these same Red Wings.
SWEDISH INVASION: Anyone who wanted to scout Team Sweden's Olympic entry for the upcoming Winter Games in Sochi should have been at Rogers Arena on Wednesday. Between the two teams, 10 different Swedish players dressed in the contest including the two respective back-up netminders. Four of them – Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Alfredsson and Niklas Kronwall – managed to get on the scoresheet.