Canucks Hand Wings First Loss of the Season

One night after the Detroit Red Wings scored five power play goals in nine chances, they were unable to score with the man-advantage on six chances and lost to the Vancouver Canucks, 4-2.

Mikael Samuelsson scored his fourth goal in as many games to open the scoring just 3:50 into the first period. The puck had bounced onto the back of the net when Samuelsson picked it up and banked it into the net off the skate of Vancouver goalie Alexander Auld, who had moved over to protect the far goalpost.

Matt Cooke tied the game at 7:04 of the second period, stealing the puck from Dan Cleary at the Canucks' blue line and breaking in all alone on Red Wings netminder Manny Legace. Cooke got close to the net and switched to his backhand to roof the puck over Legace's left pad and tie the game.

The Canucks took their first lead of the game with 1:56 remaining in the period on a delayed penalty call. Mattias Ohlund got the puck at the right point and sent a cross-ice pass to Henrik Sedin at the left side of the crease. Sedin put the puck high and into the net and the Red Wings were down heading into the third period for the first time this season.

Detroit tied the game again on a goal by Tomas Holmstrom 3:25 into the period. Cleary knocked the puck to the front of the net and Holmstrom forced it between Auld's pads.

The Canucks retook the lead for good on a goal by Anson Carter. With 8:14 left in the game, Carter was left untouched at the top of the crease to send a Henrik Sedin pass from behind the goal into the net.

Richard Park added an empty-net goal in the final seconds.

Legace ended the game with 25 saves on 28 shots while Auld, making his first start of the season, stopped 28 of 30 shots.

The Red Wings return to action in Los Angeles on Thursday, when captain Steve Yzerman is expected to play his first game of the season.

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Well, last night (yesterday afternoon, I guess) was supposed to be the Wings' first real test and ended up being a bit of a laugher. Now they're up against their next "first real test" in the Canucks tonight.

Vancouver is the NHL's new kind of unbeaten, at 1-0-1. They've been in Detroit since before the Wings finished off the Flames, so they should be well-rested and ready to go. It should be a good matchup, we'll have to see if Legace can handle a second game in as many nights (for the second time this season) and find out which Dan Cloutier shows up.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/10/2005 at 6:05 PM


I don't know why I'm seeing this right now, but I just realized that - for a big guy - Jiri Fischer is pretty quick. Not real fast, but not slow as hell like Hatcher.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/10/2005 at 8:40 PM


Well, that sucked. Wings just had nothing tonight, Canucks did a good job of pressuring the points on the PP.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/10/2005 at 10:39 PM


This is the game that concerned me the most. The Nucks are a very physical, hard hitting team

more so than the Flames. At least we only lost by one, that's better than being blown out. We knew we wouldn't win all the games, we finally got our first loss out of the way.

Posted by shaney on 10/10/2005 at 11:04 PM


<img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":welcome:" border="0" alt="welcome.gif" />

Maybe I should just start one welcome thread for all the people from RWW.

I agree that this is the most concerning game so far, but it was also (in my opinion) the most expected. It would have been nice for the Wings to play up to their potential to see how well they really match up against the Canucks, but they didn't. We know that when they play a half-assed game they'll lose against a very good Vancouver team, we don't know how their "A" game matches up to Vancouver's.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/10/2005 at 11:24 PM


I agree Yzer. Not to make excuses but we played two very tough, physical teams back to back and that had to be very draining for our team. Our power play had to be exhausted after the game against Calgary too. We are also still adjusting to new rules, a new coach and a few new players on the team after not having played any meaningful games in 16 months. I think it'll take a couple of weeks before we really start clicking. We are 3 and 1 so far, and that's not a shabby start.

Posted by shaney on 10/11/2005 at 9:27 AM


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