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Wings win third straight; power way past Canucks

Wednesday, 10.24.2007 / 10:19 PM ET / Recap
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Wings win third straight; power way past Canucks
DETROIT – After a long West Coast road trip, the Red Wings rewarded themselves with an impressive showing on Wednesday.

Tomas Holmstrom, who scored twice for the Wings on Wednesday, made life miserable for the Canucks, especially for goalie Roberto Luongo.
Despite the spectacular play of Vancouver’s star goalie Roberto Luongo, the Wings muscled their way to a 3-2 victory at Joe Louis Arena.

If it weren’t for Luongo’s efforts, the Wings easily could have poured on the offensive fireworks. The Wings (7-2-1) dominated from the opening face-off, and out-shot the Canucks by more than a 3-to-1 ratio.

“He’s a good goalie, we knew that going in,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “I thought we had a good plan against him and went after him hard.

“The guys were ready to play and we had some good speed, and then we had good traffic in front. Obviously, if we could have got one more we would have had more of a cushion, but it didn’t go that way. You know it’s going to be tight, that’s just the way life is.”

The Red Wings, who lead the Western Conference in scoring (35 goals), have scored at least three goals in all but one game this season.

Detroit’s top offensive line continued their hot streak, as did left wing Matt Ellis, who stretched his point streak to four straight games.

Ellis’ second goal of the season gave the Wings a 1-0 lead late in the first period. Mikael Samuelsson threw the puck toward the net, and after the puck hit a group of players in front of Luongo, it was picked-up by Ellis, who swept a backhander into an empty net when the Canucks’ goalie was taken out of the play by the scrum, including Tomas Kopecky, in front of the crease.

“I guess I kept it simple and the boys made it easy for me,” Ellis said. “Sammy made a nice play just getting the puck there and Koppy driving hard had something to do with it, because I just kind of turned and found the empty net.”

The Wings struck on their first man-advantage of the game when Tomas Holmstrom was credited with his sixth goal of the season. He gave the Wings a 2-0 lead early in the second period when he re-directed Brian Rafalski’s high blast from the right point.

Three minutes later, the Canucks trimmed their deficit in half when left wing Matt Cooke scored at 5:33. His wrist shot from between the circles hit off of Kris Draper’s stick and ricocheted into the top shelf behind Dominik Hasek, who stopped 13 of 15 Vancouver shots.
Detroit tested Luongo often, but the all-star goalie came up with several big saves to keep the game’s outcome close. He made 37 saves.

The Wings built a 3-1 lead when they capitalized on a turnover by Willie Mitchell behind the Canucks’ net. Holmstrom’s second goal of the game was the result of Pavel Datsyuk’s steal and tip pass to Zetterberg, who found a wide-open Holmstrom on the far side.

“I’m the luckiest guy in the NHL right now,” said Holmstrom, who is tied with Zetterberg for the team lead in goals with seven. The league-leader is points, Zetterberg has at last a point in all 10 games this season.

The Canucks (4-6-0), losers of four of their last five games, finished the scoring when the Sedin twins combined on a power play tally at 1:47 of the third. Daniel Sedin picked-up a loose puck 10-feet in front of Hasek, and roofed a chip-shot over the Wings’ goalie. Henrik Sedin and Lukas Krajicek assisted.




 

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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