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Canucks 4, Red Wings 1

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:15 AM

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Canucks 4, Red Wings 1
Detroit Red Wings 1, Vancouver Canucks 4

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -The Vancouver Canucks finally built on a late lead instead of giving it up.

Roberto Luongo made 14 of his 32 saves in the third period before Trevor Linden scored into an empty net with 1:26 left to lift the Canucks to a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.

Although Brendan Morrison's short-handed goal made it 3-1 late in the second period, the Canucks knew they still had work to do. Especially since they had surrendered two-goal leads the last two games and Detroit came in with the most third-period goals in the NHL.

"The only thing we talked about between the second and third period was this was a great challenge for us and go out there and trust your instincts," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said. "Detroit is the best team in the third period in the league."

Bryan Smolinski and Lukas Krajicek also scored, and Daniel Sedin and Matt Cooke each had two assists, as Vancouver remained one point ahead of Minnesota atop the Northwest Division. The Canucks improved to 7-1-1 in their last nine games despite finishing 0-for-9 on the power play in a penalty-filled game.

"It was huge," Luongo said. "They came in with the best record in the NHL. It was a good statement game that we match up against anybody in this league."

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

Hasek faced 33 shots in the first two periods as Detroit gave up a season-high 39 - including Linden's empty-netter.

"It was hard because they were like a beast around the net," Hasek said. "First two periods they came really hard, lots of shots. There were a few shots I didn't see and always somebody for the rebound."

As hard as it was for Hasek early, it figured to be tougher for the Canucks late.

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

"It was really a gutsy effort by our 'D,"' Vigneault said.

The Canucks were outshot 14-6 in the final period, but Vancouver's All-Star goalie got a piece of Nicklas Lidstrom's blast with his glove and caught Mikael Samuelsson's shot through traffic for his 41st win.

"We challenged ourselves in here tonight to go out and prove we could play a full 60 minutes and we came out and had a great third (period)," Morrison said. "We didn't sit back as much as we have in the past. It was a good test, we got to challenge ourselves and answer some questions about playing a full 60 minutes and we did.

Datsyuk was the only one to beat Luongo, scoring on an early 5-on-3 power play. 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 total 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.

"We took too many penalties, that's the game, said Detroit coach Mike Babcock.

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 Cooke and snapped a shot past Hasek low on the stick side with 2:50 left in the period.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:05
DET
PPG - Pavel Datsyuk (22) Wrist shot - ASST: Mathieu Schneider (38), Robert Lang (30)
1 - 0 DET
11:41
VAN
Bryan Smolinski (16) Backhand shot - ASST: Daniel Sedin (39)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
10:58
VAN
Lukas Krajicek (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Sedin (40), Henrik Sedin (58)
2 - 1 VAN
17:10
VAN
SHG - Brendan Morrison (19) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Cooke (15), Rory Fitzpatrick (5)
3 - 1 VAN
3rd Period
18:34
VAN
EN - Trevor Linden (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Cooke (16), Brendan Morrison (27)
4 - 1 VAN
penalty summary
1st Period
01:14
DET
Tomas Holmstrom  Slashing
03:40
DET
Kyle Calder  Hooking
04:44
VAN
Bryan Smolinski  Holding
05:33
VAN
Rory Fitzpatrick  Too many men/ice - bench
07:43
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Roughing
07:43
DET
Mathieu Schneider  Roughing
09:40
DET
Nicklas Lidstrom  Tripping
13:50
DET
Danny Markov  Interference
15:44
DET
Kyle Calder  Tripping
15:44
DET
Kyle Calder  Misconduct (10 min)
17:58
VAN
Jan Bulis  Hi-sticking
2nd Period
02:28
VAN
Brent Sopel  Hi-sticking
05:14
VAN
Mattias Ohlund  Hooking
06:01
DET
Tomas Holmstrom  Slashing
09:46
DET
Mikael Samuelsson  Holding
09:46
VAN
Tommi Santala  Hi-sticking
11:50
DET
Niklas Kronwall  Hi-sticking
14:02
DET
Jiri Hudler  Too many men/ice - bench
15:23
VAN
Jeff Cowan  Interference on goalkeeper
3rd Period
02:20
DET
Chris Chelios  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
09:22
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Cross checking
12:45
VAN
Trevor Linden  Interference
goalie stats
Dominik Hasek
SA: 38TOI: 59:45
Saves: 35EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 16 - 16
SV%: .921SH: 0 - 1
Roberto Luongo
Roberto Luongo
SA: 33TOI: 59:48
Saves: 32EV: 21 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .970SH: 2 - 2

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