Red Wings' Howard Blanks Canucks

Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard stopped all 25 shots he faced Thursday night, leading the Red Wings to a 2-0 win over the visiting Vancouver Canucks.

The Red Wings have now kept their opponents scoreless in eight of the nine periods they've played. Howard allowed three goals in the third period on opening night against the Ottawa Senators, Ty Conklin blanked the Colorado Avalanche then next night, then Howard added his shutout of the Canucks.

Detroit's offense came in a dominant second period that saw them outshoot Vancouver 24-8. There was not a single faceoff in the Red Wings' zone that period, a sign of their control of the puck.

Justin Abdelkader opened the game's scoring at 8:37 of the middle frame. Abdelkader took a cross-ice feed from Todd Bertuzzi on a rush as Pavel Datsyuk drove to the net, drawing the defense to him. Left open in the left faceoff circle, Abdelkader snapped a shot past Cory Schneider.

Valtteri Filppula made it 2-0 just 2:18 later, dishing the puck off to Johan Franzen and then getting it right back in the right circle to put a fluttering shot past Schneider's glove.

Cody Hodgson appeared to get the Canucks on the board in the closing seconds of the middle frame. Hodgson fired a shot that Howard got only a piece of as it fluttered into the net. Replay showed that time had expired before the puck crossed the goal line, however.

Though the Red Wings picked up the win, they remained scoreless on the season on the power play. They had seven chances with the extra attacker while Vancouver had four.

Schneider finished the night with 35 saves on 37 shots.

Detroit will be back in action on Saturday when they visit the Minnesota Wild.


Notes: Abdelkader briefly fought Maxim Lapierre in the first period... Abdelkader had previously scored on Schneider in the 2007 Frozen Four, when his goal in the final minute gave Michigan State the NCAA Championship over Schneider's Boston College... The Red Wings have scored ten goals on the season, each by a different player.

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It may feel like the home opener, with how long the Red Wings have been off since starting the season with a pair of consecutive games, but tonight is the first real challenge for Detroit as they host the defending Western Conference Champion Vancouver Canucks.

Mike Commodore remains out for the Wings, meaning Brendan Smith has been called back up to serve another game (actually two, as Commodore won't play in Minnesota on Saturday, either) of his suspension. Patrick Eaves and Fabian Brunnstrom are the healthy scratches up front, with Tomas Holmstrom back in the lineup and Cory Emmerton remaining in.

Detroit won't be facing Roberto Luongo, who got the loss for Vancouver in Philadelphia last night. Cory Schneider gets the start against Jimmy Howard.

Game time is 8:00 PM (rescheduled to accommodate the Tigers - Rangers game at Comerica Park). FSD has the TV.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/13/2011 at 6:10 PM

 

The Tigers hold on to win it, now we can get on with the hockey.

The Comcast guide says the Wings start at 8:30. If anyone was planning to DVR this, I hope it's not too late for you to fix it.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/13/2011 at 7:49 PM

 

Scrambly at times but a solid kill to start.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/13/2011 at 8:14 PM

 

Bad production right there, camera didn't cut to the fight until it was nearly over. Unless we missed something, it looked like Lapierre didn't throw a punch until the linesmen came in. Lame.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/13/2011 at 8:21 PM

 

Hey all! Good to be chatting from home!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 10/13/2011 at 8:23 PM

 

Call was weak but Bert had position. He didn't need to make that hit.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/13/2011 at 8:44 PM

 

Hey all! Good to be chatting from home!


Welcome Back!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/13/2011 at 8:44 PM

 

This game is making me sad so far because I decided before it started for every power play I was going to do a part of my homework.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 10/13/2011 at 8:50 PM

 

I've got tix to the Caps game when the Wings come to town on the 22d. Can't wait!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 10/13/2011 at 9:00 PM

 

This game is making me sad so far because I decided before it started for every power play I was going to do a part of my homework.


Eventually you learn you're paying for school and you don't have to do homework if you don't think it's worth it. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.png" />


I've got tix to the Caps game when the Wings come to town on the 22d. Can't wait!


You'll see them before I do, my next game is 11/5. Griffins tomorrow though.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/13/2011 at 9:04 PM

 

LOL @ Hudler trying to fight. Oh my god hahahaha


Eventually you learn you're paying for school and you don't have to do homework if you don't think it's worth it. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.png" />


As much as I agree with you I have a very important midterm tomorrow!

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 10/13/2011 at 9:08 PM

 

I was tweeting earlier that the Wings should quadruple shift Abdelkader to intimidate Schneider. I think I was right.

Really nice goal, great pass by Bert to get it to Abs.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/13/2011 at 9:13 PM

 

Nice to see Fil shoot. Looked like Schneider could have had it, fluttering.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/13/2011 at 9:19 PM

 

That sucks so bad for the Canucks.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 10/13/2011 at 9:37 PM

 

Way closer than that needed to be. Wings got lazy to end the period.

Not a single faceoff in the Detroit zone that period. Crazy.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/13/2011 at 9:38 PM

 

You can't get asny closer than that...

Posted by DetroitRiver on 10/13/2011 at 9:40 PM

 

Can't complain about consecutive shutouts.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/13/2011 at 10:28 PM

 

Man I'm tired. Off to bed...

Posted by DetroitRiver on 10/13/2011 at 10:32 PM

 

I thought this was a great game with few errors by the Wings. They still have the problem of getting lazy when they have a lead and feel like they are controlling the pace. I agree with Oldbroad that they do look a lot faster than they did last season and seem to be clicking a little better on the rush. Is it me, or has Nick been on the near side more than he has in the past?

Posted by SYfanSD on 10/14/2011 at 8:25 PM

 
Jimmy Howard

Jimmy Howard
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