Red Wings Return Home to Down Canucks

The Detroit Red Wings returned home from their four-game West Coast road trip Wednesday night and continued their winning ways, picking up a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

The win was Detroit's fourth in the last five games and their first against Vancouver at Joe Louis Arena since January 26, 2006.

Rookie Matt Ellis extended his scoring streak to four games with his second career goal to get Detroit on the board with 2:26 remaining in the first period.

A shot on net was knocked down at the top of the crease. Ellis battled a Vancouver defender to get to it while Tomas Kopecky crashed the net behind him. Canucks' goalie Roberto Luongo was pulled out of position just as Ellis whacked the loose puck into the open net.

Tomas Holmstrom put the Red Wings up by a pair with a power play goal at 2:23 of the second period, tipping a blue line blast by Brian Rafalski past Luongo.

The Canucks got on the board on a delayed penalty just 3:10 later. A long shot wide of the net bounced off the back boards and back out into the slot, where Matt Cooke jumped up to put put a shot on net. The puck deflected off the skate of Kris Draper and past Dominik Hasek to cut Detroit's lead to a goal.

Holmstrom's second of the night re-extended Detroit's lead with 4:20 left in the middle frame. Two Canucks collided with Pavel Datsyuk and the puck came to Henrik Zetterberg at the bottom of the left circle. He threw a cross-crease pass to Holmstrom for a tip-in from the open far side of the net.

The assist extended Zetterberg's career-high point-scoring streak to ten games and moved him into sole position of first place in the NHL's scoring race.

The Canucks would push back in the third but their one goal would not be enough.

Daniel Sedin scored a power play goal just 1:47 into the period, getting to a rebound in front of the Detroit net and lifting a backhander over the screened Hasek's shoulder.

Each team scored once on the power play. Detroit had four chances with the advantage while Vancouver had five.

Hasek stopped 13 of Vancouver's 15 shots on the night. Luongo made 36 saves on 39 shots against.

The Red Wings return to the ice on Friday when they host the San Jose Sharks.


Notes: Detroit was without Dallas Drake, expected out for two games with a hairline fracture in his cheekbone.

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Downey and Cooke are gonna go at it tonight, they were jawing at each other during the scrum when Cleary was called and Cooke nodded, seemingly in agreement with something.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/24/2007 at 7:44 PM

 

Wow. Homer gets no breaks.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/24/2007 at 8:01 PM

 

Why wasn't the VANCOUVER D called for INTERFERENCE on HOMER? Looked like HOMER was shoved into LUONGO.

Posted by skyguy52 on 10/24/2007 at 8:02 PM

 

Other than HOMER being in the crease, He is every right to be in front of the net to screen or otherwise agitate the VANCOUVER D and Goalie without being INTERFERED with. Can someone tell why HOMER deserved the penalty?

Posted by skyguy52 on 10/24/2007 at 8:05 PM

 

Matty Ellis! You know why that goalie interference penalty wasn't called on Kopecky? Because his name isn't Tomas Holmstrom.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/24/2007 at 8:10 PM

 

I'm really liking the UGLY goal Phenomenon with ELLIS. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/blink.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blink:" border="0" alt="blink.png" />

Posted by skyguy52 on 10/24/2007 at 8:15 PM

 

Guess I'll ask again ..... Does anyone have any thoughts on why HOLMSTROM is drawing seemingly idiotic penalties lately? and I already know that one answer is that the REFS are screwed up. I have to ask, it there is a justifiable reason for the calls ..... he's gone to the box, I'm guessing, at least 5 or 6 times in the first 10 games.

Posted by skyguy52 on 10/24/2007 at 8:23 PM

 

There is no answer.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/24/2007 at 8:30 PM

 

If KRONWALL could just have one shot (or pass) get through without it being blocked or intercepted, I would go have myself another ginger ale .....

Posted by skyguy52 on 10/24/2007 at 8:32 PM

 

<img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/blink.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blink:" border="0" alt="blink.png" /> I am pretty ticked, I had the impression the game was on later; for some reason unknown to me.

Oh well. GO HOMER! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" /> WOO! He so deserves this goal!

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 10/24/2007 at 8:35 PM

 

heeheehe. I'm surprised that one wasn't called back for goalie interference!

Posted by skyguy52 on 10/24/2007 at 8:36 PM

 

No joke, I'm surprised as well. Also could have been looked at as a high stick. I'll take it, though. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/blink.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blink:" border="0" alt="blink.png" />

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/24/2007 at 8:38 PM

 

There is no answer.


Thank you ...... I was beginning to wonder if I might be missing something or misunderstanding the NEW play rules. hehehehe.

Posted by skyguy52 on 10/24/2007 at 8:43 PM

 

HASEK had no chance on that last one ..... Darn good bounce of the end boards to start it off too! That's what is so great about this game ... a bounce here and a bounce there ... a skate there and an elbow here .... COOLEST GAME ON ICE!

Posted by skyguy52 on 10/24/2007 at 8:46 PM

 

DOM is on his game tonight ... that last CANUCK shot ... 3 on 2 also .... would have evened this contest! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/blink.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blink:" border="0" alt="blink.png" />

Posted by skyguy52 on 10/24/2007 at 8:49 PM

 

Can't say enough about CHELIOS' play tonight .... great blocked shot .... on the VANCOUVER power play .... CHELLI is amazing at 46!

Posted by skyguy52 on 10/24/2007 at 8:54 PM

 

OK, Kronwall Finally got a shot thru to the net (Luongo makes the save) .... so I will now go get another ginger ale.

Posted by skyguy52 on 10/24/2007 at 9:01 PM

 

That figures. About the time I get to the Fridge for another pop ... HOMER Scores! Paybacks are nice (2).

Posted by skyguy52 on 10/24/2007 at 9:03 PM

 

Heh, same thing for me, I had just switched TVs when Holmstrom scored.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/24/2007 at 9:04 PM

 

Wow ... what a great power play opp for the WINGS ... great passing ... too bad -- no goal! Datsyk, Lidstrom, Raffie shined on that one!

Posted by skyguy52 on 10/24/2007 at 9:07 PM

 

hey ... who's the blonde in the WINGS dressing room (2nd Intermission, as cammed by FSN) ... hmmm. What do we have here? Or am I seeing things ...... haha

Posted by skyguy52 on 10/24/2007 at 9:14 PM

 

I missed that, I've been running around during intermission. Probably locker room staff of some kind.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/24/2007 at 9:15 PM

 

I missed that, I've been running around during intermission. Probably locker room staff of some kind.


It was a brief cam shot .... sure appeared to be a lady though ... she had a blue sweat shirt on, and was sitting on the bench, along side one of the WING players, and drinking out of a bottle of (probably) water ... Co-ed dressing rooms are sure great aren't they?

Posted by skyguy52 on 10/24/2007 at 9:19 PM

 

Well, that makes things a bit more difficult.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/24/2007 at 9:27 PM

 

DRAPES, a minus two tonight .... probably wasn't much DOM could do on that one either ....

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Posted by skyguy52 on 10/24/2007 at 9:28 PM

 

CANUCKS definitely are playing with more resolve now in the 3rd, behind only by a mark. Are the WINGS getting sloppy here, or are the CANUCKS just playing harder? I hate these 3rd periods, where the WINGS have outplayed their opponents for 45 minutes or more, but the DARN score is only a goal difference!? WTF?

Posted by skyguy52 on 10/24/2007 at 9:36 PM

 

Couple good chances by the Wings there, need to keep those up, keep Vancouver pinned back.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/24/2007 at 9:40 PM

 

Well .... just some thoughts here ... but I sure do hope the home team can get control of this game back ..... or, I can definitely see this going to OT <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/blink.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blink:" border="0" alt="blink.png" />

Posted by skyguy52 on 10/24/2007 at 9:41 PM

 

I'm only feeling comfortable when Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Holmstrom are out there. Canucks getting too many chances.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/24/2007 at 9:45 PM

 

Maltby just turned the Canucks inside out. Wow. That would have gone up on the site if he scored.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/24/2007 at 9:48 PM

 

Way to hold on. That wasn't the best third period the Wings have played. Great shot count but the Canucks always felt like they were pushing.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/24/2007 at 9:57 PM

 

Nice finish by the Wings .... Only downside was the score was way too close, despite the strong effort by the Wings though out most of the game! Filpula really needed to score a goal in this game ... ?! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/rock.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":therock:" border="0" alt="rock.gif" />

Posted by skyguy52 on 10/24/2007 at 9:59 PM

 

Way to hold on. That wasn't the best third period the Wings have played. Great shot count but the Canucks always felt like they were pushing.


I agree, most definitely. Great keeper for the WINGS ... Haven't seen that kind of effort the last couple of years by the WINGS to hold on to ONE GOAL leads in the THIRD ....

Posted by skyguy52 on 10/24/2007 at 10:02 PM

 

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