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Vancouver Canucks 4, Detroit Red Wings 2 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 5:15 AM

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Vancouver Canucks 4, Detroit Red Wings 2 FINAL
Vancouver Canucks 4, Detroit Red Wings 2

DETROIT (AP) - The Vancouver Canucks found a way to win a sloppy game.

Anson Carter scored with 8:46 remaining to break the final tie and Vancouver went on to a 4-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night.

Vancouver (2-0-1) remained unbeaten while handing Detroit (3-1-0) its first loss of the season.

Stationed in the slot, Carter one-timed Henrik Sedin's pass from behind the net past Red Wings goalie Manny Legace for the game-winner.

``It was a great play by the twins (Henrik Sedin took a pass from his twin brother, Daniel),'' Carter said. ``For me, pretty easy. Just put it in the net. ... A nice little saucer pass right on my stick.''

Henrik Sedin had a goal and two assists for Vancouver, while Matt Cooke and Richard Park scored for the Canucks. Park's goal was into an empty net with two seconds remaining.

``All in all, it was a good effort, a gritty effort,'' Vancouver coach Marc Crawford said. ``We stuck with it.''

Mikael Samuelsson for his fourth goal in four games and Tomas Holmstrom also scored for Detroit.

``I thought we were a step behind all night long,'' Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said.

Vancouver goalie Alex Auld made 28 saves and Legace stopped 25 shots.

Auld stopped a few shots in a goal-mouth flurry with less than 30 seconds left as Detroit desperately tried to tie it before Park's empty net goal.

``I just felt the puck hit me I don't know how many times,'' Auld said. ``I heard one of my defensemen yell, 'It's still loose!' and then somebody shot it down the ice.''

Holmstrom tied it 2-2 3:25 into the third period when he jammed the puck in from the crease.

Cooke tied the game at 1 on a breakaway goal at 7:04 of the second. Henrik Sedin gave Vancouver the lead with 1:56 left in the period, when he put a shot over a sprawling Legace from the bottom of the right circle with Auld out of the net for the extra attacker as a penalty was being called on Red Wings defenseman Andreas Lilja.

Detroit was 0-for-6 on the power play, including two two-man advantages. The Red Wings came into the game with the league's top power play at 34.7 percent. It produced five goals in Sunday night's win over Calgary.

``We just didn't seem to be able to get anything settled,'' Detroit defenseman Mathieu Schneider said. ``We seemed to be a couple of inches off (on passes) all night.''

Samuelsson opened the scoring 3:50 into the game, when he stuffed a shot past Auld from the side of the net after picking up the loose puck behind the cage.

Notes: Babcock said captain Steve Yzerman, who has been out with a groin injury, will make his season debut on Thursday in Los Angeles. ... Canucks C Brendan Morrison's streak of 351 consecutive games is the second-longest current run, three behind Colorado's Karlis Skrastins. ... Detroit D Niklas Kronwall underwent successful ACL surgery in Aspen, Colo., on Monday. He's expected to be out four-to-six months. He was injured in an exhibition game.

scoring summary
1st Period
Mikael Samuelsson (4) ASST: Mathieu Schneider (3)
1 - 0 DET
2nd Period
Matt Cooke (1) ASST: NONE
1 - 1 Tie
Henrik Sedin (1) ASST: Mattias Ohlund (1), Sami Salo (4)
2 - 1 VAN
3rd Period
Tomas Holmstrom (1) ASST: Daniel Cleary (2), Mark Mowers (2)
2 - 2 Tie
Anson Carter (1) ASST: Henrik Sedin (1), Daniel Sedin (1)
3 - 2 VAN
EN - Richard Park (1) ASST: Henrik Sedin (2)
4 - 2 VAN
penalty summary
1st Period
Robert Lang  Hi-sticking against  Steve McCarthy
Andreas Lilja  Hooking against  Todd Bertuzzi
Kris Draper  Hooking against  Ed Jovanovski
Henrik Sedin  Holding against  Daniel Cleary
Mattias Ohlund  Holding against  Henrik Zetterberg
Steve McCarthy  Interference against  Kirk Maltby
Brendan Morrison  Hooking against  Kris Draper
2nd Period
Henrik Sedin  Tripping against  Kris Draper
Matt Cooke  Kneeing against  Jason Williams
Mathieu Schneider  Holding against  Daniel Sedin
3rd Period
Mathieu Schneider  Cross checking against  Lee Goren
Chris Chelios  Slashing against  Todd Bertuzzi
Todd Bertuzzi  Slashing against  Chris Chelios
goalie stats
Alex Auld
Alex Auld
SA: 30TOI: 59:50
Saves: 28EV: 24 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .933SH: 0 - 0
Manny Legace
Manny Legace
SA: 28TOI: 59:17
Saves: 25EV: 16 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
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