Red Wings Drop to Second with Loss to Canucks

The Detroit Red Wings fell to second place in the Central Division Saturday night with a 4-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Earlier in the night, the Nashville Predators had defeated the Dallas Stars to leapfrog over the Red Wings.

Detroit got the first goal but the scoring was all Vancouver after that.

Pavel Datsyuk extended his point streak to 10 games with a goal 6:05 into the first. With the Red Wings on a two-man advantage, Mathieu Schneider sent a pass from up high down to Datsyuk in the right circle to lift a shot over the shoulder of goalie Roberto Luongo.

Bryan Smolinski replied for the Canucks with 8:19 remaining in the period on a backhanded wraparound attempt just after the expiration of a Detroit penalty.

Lukas Krajicek put Vancouver out in front when Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek was caught wandering out of his crease with 9:02 remaining in the second. Daniel Sedin attempted a wraparound that Hasek got back to stop just in time but the puck came out to Krajicek to put into the emtpy top half of the net.

After a giveaway on a Detroit power play 6:12 later, Brendan Morrison scored on a two-on-one with Matt Cooke to put the Canucks up by a pair.

Tervor Linden added an empty net goal when the Red Wings failed to gain control of the puck in the Vancouver zone with Hasek on the bench.

Hasek stopped 35 of 38 shots against in the loss while Luongo made 32 saves on 33 shots.

Datsyuk's goal was the lone power play marker of the game. Detroit finished the night with eight chances with the extra attacker and Vancouver had nine tries.

The Red Wings will complete their abbreviated Western Canadian road trip on Monday when they visit the Calgary Flames.

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It's a late game but the Wings aren't playing like they're sleepy, Datsyuk gets the 5-on-3 goal to open scoring.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/17/2007 at 10:22 PM

 

Dom should have had the Smolinski goal.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/17/2007 at 10:38 PM

 

Dom should have had the Smolinski goal.


Looked like he had the stick down late and the puck just went wide. Smolinski been around a while, he knows whow to score. What gets me is the tempo shift from the Canucks in a matter of one shift. What a momentum driven team.Good tempo going in this game so far. Calder gets the 10 minute for speaking his mind. I wish I could read lips sometimes. I know he called the ref an asshole. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" /> Love it!Go Wings.

Posted by Glove_Dropper on 3/17/2007 at 10:49 PM

 

Yeah, I'd love to know what Calder said to p*ss the ref off so quick. It looked to me like he was talking about his luck or something like that. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Aside from the goal, Dom's been *on*. Made some real solid stops.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/17/2007 at 11:05 PM

 

"And Dominik Hasek got caught wandering"

Yeah, Ken, he f*cking did. Goddamnit.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/17/2007 at 11:27 PM

 

The only thing the Wings are getting tonight from this contest is a lesson in board work. Vancouver is one hell of a good board team. Dom continues to take a walk in the road when its not clear. Sometimes you wonder what the f*ck he wants.

BUT, he has made 2 great saves recently, although... STAY IN THE NET!!!

Go Wings.

Posted by Glove_Dropper on 3/17/2007 at 11:41 PM

 

The Wings are gonna need another one of their big third-period comebacks. That shorthanded goal was killer.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/17/2007 at 11:46 PM

 

The Wings are gonna need another one of their big third-period comebacks. That shorthanded goal was killer.


Absolutely, we are starting to look really slow. Canucks have found the tempo band that keeps Detroit on the Defensive play. Hope you are right about the 3rd.Go Wings.

Posted by Glove_Dropper on 3/17/2007 at 11:50 PM

 

So much for the comeback. Damn.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/18/2007 at 12:33 AM

 

Awful performance by the Wings. No sustained offense. Poor fore checking in offensive zone. Canucks defense looked much stronger than the Wings. Wings tonight looked alot like the team eliminated by the Oilers last year. Awful! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Posted by skyguy52 on 3/18/2007 at 12:37 AM

 

its that time in the far west, it kills the wings because of their age haha. I bet they have a bad record on thsi road trip. Im just looking forward to Bertuzzi's debut against Columbus.

Posted by choyer on 3/18/2007 at 2:02 PM

 

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