Two Red Wings goalies combine to shut out Canucks | Monday, 02.03.2014 / 11:21 PM

The return of coach John Tortorella and captain Henrik Sedin did not help the Vancouver Canucks on Monday.

Justin Abdelkader scored twice and Jimmy Howard made 16 saves in relief to give the Red Wings a 2-0 win against the Canucks at Joe Louis Arena.

It was the Canucks' fourth loss in a row; Vancouver was 2-4-0 while Tortorella was serving a 15-day suspension and Sedin was sidelined with a rib injury.

Detroit (25-19-12) got its first regulation win since Jan. 24 and second since Jan. 11.

Jonas Gustavsson started in goal for the Red Wings but he did not take the net for the second period because of dizziness. He made eight saves.

With Howard in goal, the Red Wings took a 1-0 lead 1:08 into the second when Abdelkader's shot from above the left faceoff circle beat Canucks goalie Eddie Lack high to the stick side and went off the near post and in.

Henrik Zetterberg gained possession behind the net and backhanded a pass to Abdelkader. Gustav Nyquist also had an assist. That line combined for four goals and four assists in a 6-5 shootout loss at the Washington Capitals on Sunday.

Abdelkader scored into an empty net with 15 seconds remaining and the Red Wings on a power play.

Lack made 27 saves in his second straight start. The Canucks play at the Boston Bruins on Tuesday. Vancouver (27-21-9) has four regulation wins in its past 17 games.

Tortorella was coaching for the first time since he was suspended after a dressing-room confrontation with the Calgary Flames between the first and second periods of their game Jan. 18. That was Sedin's last game before Monday, with his consecutive-games-played streak ending at 679.

Each team had an excellent chance to score in the second period.

Vancouver's David Booth, a Detroit native, failed to score on a penalty shot he was awarded after being held by Jakub Kindl on a breakaway at 4:41.

The Red Wings did not score on a two-minute 5-on-3 power play that started 11:18 into the period.

Vancouver did not have a shot on goal in the third period until 5:36 remained. It wound up with three.

Earlier Monday, the Canucks acquired defenseman Rafael Diaz from the Montreal Canadiens in a trade for forward Dale Weise. Diaz is expected to play Tuesday.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
01:08DET Justin Abdelkader (7) ASST: Henrik Zetterberg (32), Gustav Nyquist (10) 1 - 0 DET
3rd Period
19:44DET PPG - EN - Justin Abdelkader (8) ASST: Niklas Kronwall (28) 2 - 0 DET
Three Stars of the Game
Henrik Zetterberg
Henrik Zetterberg
G: 0Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 21:19
Eddie Lack
Eddie Lack
SA: 29TOI: 58:56
GA: 1EV: 20-21
PIM: 0PP: 4-4
SV%: .966SH: 4-4
Kyle Quincey
Kyle Quincey
G: 0Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 23:15
Penalty Summary
1st Period
00:34DET Tomas Jurco  Holding against  Jason Garrison
14:37DET Daniel Alfredsson  Cross checking against  Kellan Lain
2nd Period
08:19DET Justin Abdelkader  Hi-sticking against  Dan Hamhuis
11:18VAN Jason Garrison  Hooking against  Luke Glendening
11:18VAN Zack Kassian  Holding against  Danny DeKeyser
3rd Period
05:29DET Tomas Tatar  Tripping against  Ryan Kesler
15:23DET Gustav Nyquist  Too many men/ice - bench
16:46DET Jonathan Ericsson  Roughing against  Ryan Kesler
16:46VAN Ryan Kesler  Roughing against  Jonathan Ericsson
19:21VAN Alexandre Burrows  Cross checking against  Henrik Zetterberg
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/51/3
Faceoff Wins3331
Blocked Shots105
Penalty Minutes812
2D. HamhuisD00-13023:28
5J. GarrisonD0000220:48
7D. BoothL0002016:36
9Z. KassianR0001212:05
14A. BurrowsR00-13215:34
17R. KeslerC0001223:36
18R. StantonD00-11019:22
20C. HigginsL0001018:14
21Z. DalpeC000109:21
22D. SedinL00-13020:59
23A. EdlerD0002025:25
26F. CorradoD0002017:38
29T. SestitoL000107:46
33H. SedinC00-10021:22
36J. HansenR0000011:13
45J. SchroederC0000014:26
47Y. SauveD0000012:14
54K. LainL000306:34
31E. Lack2829.96658:56
4J. KindlD0000011:16
8J. AbdelkaderL2013219:24
11D. AlfredssonR0002212:48
14G. NyquistR0113017:16
15R. SheahanC0001016:00
17P. EavesR000005:52
18J. AnderssonC0000013:48
20D. MillerL0002010:29
21T. TatarL0002215:39
23B. LashoffD0001015:12
26T. JurcoR0001215:53
27K. QuinceyD0004023:15
40H. ZetterbergL0114021:19
41L. GlendeningC000209:00
43D. HelmC0003014:37
52J. EricssonD0012221:24
55N. KronwallD0110024:46
65D. DeKeyserD0000022:04
35J. Howard16161.00040:00
50J. Gustavsson881.00020:00