The Detroit Red Wings entered the final week of the NHL’s regular season with a 2-1 shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.
Maxim Lapierre scored the only goal of the tiebreaker in the third round, skating in slowly on Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard before making a series of quick moves to snap a shot past him. Ryan Kesler and Derek Roy failed to score for Vancouver while Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Damien Brunner were unable to beat the Canucks’ Cory Schneider.
Alexander Edler opened the game’s scoring with 7:45 remaining in the first period, blasting a one-timer from the top of the left faceoff circle past Howard on a Vancouver power play.
Cory Emmerton evened things up with 21 seconds left in the period. Damien Brunner threw the puck to the front of the net from the right wing boards and Emmerton was there to tip it between his legs and past Schneider to make it 1-1.
There would be no further scoring until the shootout.
The Edler goal was the only power play goal of the night. Vancouver had four tries with the extra attacker to Detroit’s three.
Howard made 13 saves on 14 shots. Schneider stopped 33 of 34 chances.
With the point for the shootout loss, the Red Wings move into ninth in the Western Conference standings, one point back of the Columbus Blue Jackets with one game in hand and one point up on the Dallas Stars, against whom Detroit ends the season.
Forward Drew Miller left the game in the first period and did not return. After the game it was revealed that he will be out for four to eight weeks with a broken hand.