Tomas Tatar's first goal of season lifts Wings over Canucks
2:02 AM, Oct 31, 2013
3:43 PM, Oct 31, 2013
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Tomas Tatar scored his first goal of the season late in the second period and the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 on Wednesday.
Daniel Alfredsson had the other goal for the Red Wings (7-4-2), while Jimmy Howard made 19 saves as Detroit snapped a four-game slide.
Daniel Sedin scored for Vancouver (9-5-1), which finished with a season-low 20 shots and had its four-game winning streak come to an end.
Roberto Luongo stopped 25 shots in taking the loss. Henrik Sedin set up Vancouver's first goal to extend his point streak to 10 games (three goals, nine assists).
Trailing 1-0 after the first period, Alfredsson tied the score at 11:37 of the second with his third goal of the season. The former Ottawa Senators captain picked up a loose puck in the slot and fired a shot off the post that rebounded in off Luongo's leg.
Playing just his fifth game of the season, the 22-year-old Tatar then gave Detroit its first lead of the game with 62 seconds left in the period.
With the Canucks collapsing in their own zone, Tartar fired a weak shot from just inside the blue line that found its way through Luongo. Vancouver defenseman Christopher Tanev tried to get out of the way of the shot, but instead appeared to screen the Canucks' goalie.
No longer conference rivals because of realignment, the Canucks and Red Wings combined for just 31 shots and few scoring chances through two periods in a defensive matchup that was played between the blue lines most of the night.
Vancouver's power play, which has just four goals all season and came in ranked 28th in the NHL, got an opportunity early in the third, but was unable to muster any scoring chances.
Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows, playing in his second game back from injury after breaking his foot in the season opener, then fanned on a chance in the slot right in front of Howard.
Vancouver coach John Tortorella reunited Burrows with the Sedin twins to start the third period. Ryan Kesler, usually Vancouver's second-line center, had been playing on the top line since about the midway point of the Canucks' recent seven-game road trip.
Luongo kept Vancouver in it with a big pad stop on Detroit's Justin Abdelkader on a 3-on-1 break with five minutes to go, but the Canucks couldn't find a way past Howard.
The Sedins teamed up to energize the first period with the opening goal at 14:12. Daniel Sedin glided over the Red Wings' blue line and made a drop pass to Henrik Sedin, who cut into the slot. Daniel Sedin moved to the bottom of the faceoff circle and one-timed the return pass past Howard for his sixth of the season.
Luongo then made a big save off former Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi with four minutes left in the period.