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Canucks 3, Red Wings 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Canucks 3, Red Wings 1
Vancouver Canucks 3, Detroit Red Wings 1

DETROIT (AP) -Roberto Luongo was a smashing success in his debut with the Vancouver Canucks.

Luongo made 27 saves and Sami Salo had a goal and an assist in Vancouver's 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.

The goalie was acquired in an offseason trade with the Florida Panthers along with Lukas Krajicek and a draft choice for Todd Bertuzzi, Bryan Allen and Alex Auld.

"He never looked like he was out of place," said Canucks veteran Trevor Linden, who also scored. "For sure, he always looked like he was in position."

Markus Naslund got Vancouver's other goal.

Luongo was the biggest difference as Vancouver killed off all nine Detroit power-play opportunities.

"Obviously, we took quite a few penalties tonight," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said. "And a big part of penalty-killing is strong goaltending and Roberto gave us the goaltending we needed."

Henrik Zetterberg got Detroit's only goal. Dominik Hasek made 14 saves for the Red Wings in the first game of his third stint with the team. He last played for Detroit in 2003-04. The Red Wings signed the free agent to a one-year, $750,000 contract during the summer.

"We give up two power-play goals and we didn't score any," Hasek said.

Luongo didn't give much thought to facing the almost certain future Hall of Famer.

"I was not really focusing on who was playing on the other side," he said. "I was concentrating on playing my first game for my new team."

The Canucks scored twice in the opening 5:41 of the second period to take a 3-0 lead.

Linden put a rebound past Hasek at 2:25, and Salo's wrist shot from the high slot glanced off the goalie for a power-play goal 3:16 later.

Zetterberg scored with 4:05 left in the middle period.

Vancouver took a 1-0 lead on Naslund's power-play goal with 5 seconds left in the first period. Salo's shot from the point deflected in off Naslund.

"We just didn't feel like we worked as a unit," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "I thought there was a separation of our forwards and our defensemen and I didn't think we came up and down the ice very well."

Notes: Detroit named D Nicklas Lidstrom as team' captain before the game. He succeeds Steve Yzerman, who wore the "C" for Detroit for the previous 19 seasons. Yzerman retired in early July. Zetterberg and Kris Draper were named alternate captains. ... Linden's goal was his 300th as a Canuck.

scoring summary
1st Period
19:55
VAN
PPG - Markus Naslund (1) ASST: Sami Salo (1), Kevin Bieksa (1)
1 - 0 VAN
2nd Period
02:25
VAN
Trevor Linden (1) ASST: Josh Green (1), Tommi Santala (1)
2 - 0 VAN
05:41
VAN
PPG - Sami Salo (1) ASST: Henrik Sedin (1), Daniel Sedin (1)
3 - 0 VAN
15:55
DET
Henrik Zetterberg (1) ASST: Mikael Samuelsson (1), Nicklas Lidstrom (1)
3 - 1 VAN
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
01:45
VAN
Willie Mitchell  Holding against  Tomas Holmstrom
03:04
DET
Mikael Samuelsson  Interference on goalkeeper against  Roberto Luongo
05:17
VAN
Henrik Sedin  Hooking against  Chris Chelios
09:06
VAN
Brendan Morrison  Hooking against  Johan Franzen
17:08
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Holding against  Pavel Datsyuk
19:16
DET
Mikael Samuelsson  Interference against  Brendan Morrison
2nd Period
04:29
DET
Nicklas Lidstrom  Cross checking against  Jan Bulis
08:15
VAN
Mattias Ohlund  Slashing
13:15
VAN
Tommi Santala  Holding against  Henrik Zetterberg
17:21
VAN
Jan Bulis  Holding against  Pavel Datsyuk
3rd Period
13:17
VAN
Lukas Krajicek  Hooking against  Henrik Zetterberg
15:31
DET
Kris Draper  Holding against  Willie Mitchell
19:14
VAN
Rory Fitzpatrick  Cross checking against  Jason Williams
19:24
DET
Tomas Holmstrom  Hooking against  Alexandre Burrows
goalie stats
Roberto Luongo
Roberto Luongo
SA: 28TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .964SH: 1 - 1
Dominik Hasek
SA: 17TOI: 58:55
Saves: 14EV: 11 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .824SH: 0 - 0

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