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Canucks' goalie handcuffs Wings, 4-1

Saturday, 03.17.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Canucks\' goalie handcuffs Wings, 4-1
By The Associated Press

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Brendan Morrison had a short-handed goal late in the second period, Roberto Luongo made 14 of his 32 saves in the third, and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 Saturday night.

Trevor Linden closed the scoring with an empty-netter with 1:26 left for the Canucks, who remained one point ahead of Minnesota atop the Northwest Division.

Bryan Smolinski and Lukas Krajicek also scored, and Daniel Sedin and Matt Cooke each had two assists as Vancouver improved to 7-1-1 in their last nine games. The Canucks won despite finishing 0-for-9 on the power play.

The Wings celebrate Pavel Datsyuk's first-period goal at GM Place on Saturday.

Pavel Datsyuk scored for Detroit and Dominik Hasek stopped 35 shots. The Wings lost inregulation for just the second time in 14 games (9-2-3) to fall one point behind Nashville atop both the Central Division and the overall NHL standings.

Already missing defenseman Willie Mitchell for a third game with a sore groin, the Canucks lost Sami Salo to a lower body injury late in the second period, giving Detroit their best chance to get back in it on consecutive power plays midway through the third.

However, Kyle Calder's shot at an empty net hit Mattias Ohlund's skate early on the first advantage and Luongo took care of the rest.

After blowing two-goal leads in their last two games, the Canucks were outshot 14-6 in the final period by Detroit. Vancouver's All-Star goalie made sure they clung to this one, getting a piece of Nicklas Lidstrom's blast with his glove and catching Mikael Samuelsson's shot through traffic for his 41st win.

Datsyuk was the only one to beat Luongo, scoring on a 5-on-3 power play at 6:05 of the first period.

After failing miserably on two early power plays, the Canucks took penalties for holding and too many men on the ice, and Datsyuk opened the scoring just 25 seconds into the two-man advantage. He one-timed a cross-crease pass to extend his point streak to 10 games, matching his career-best with a run that has seen him accumulate three goals and 13 assists.

Smolinski tied it at 11:41, just 1 second after another power play expired, when he beat Hasek to the far side along the ice with a backhand wraparound.

Vancouver outshot the Detroit 18-9 in a penalty-filled first period, but Hasek made several great saves during Vancouver's last three power plays of the period. He robbed Brendan Morrison twice, and stopped Daniel Sedin on the goal line.

But Hasek got caught trying to beat Sedin to loose a puck behind his own net on the go-ahead goal. He just got back in time to stop Sedin's wraparound, but the puck went straight to Krajicek, who snapped in his first goal in 24 games.

Morrison added an insurance goal after stripping the puck from Robert Lang on a Detroit power play. He raced to the other end for a return pass from Matt Cooke before and snapped a shot past Hasek low on the stick side with 2:50 left in the period.

GAME NOTES: Ex-Canuck Todd Bertuzzi didn't travel with his new Wings team, staying with their AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids instead to continue rehabbing from early season back surgery. ... Detroit D Danny Markov returned after missing four games with an upper body injury. ... RW Dan Cleary, who missed his 10th game with a knee injury, and C Johan Franzen, who missed his fourth with an upper body injury, both hope to play Tuesday at Calgary. ... Detroit legend Gordie Howe, a part-owner of a Vancouver junior team, received a long ovation when his attendance was announced.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80