Daniel Sedin scored twice Wednesday night, providing all of the offense needed to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
Sedin opened the game’s scoring at 6:31 of the second period when his attempted cross-crease pass bounced off the skate of countryman Nicklas Lidstrom and past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard.
He notched another ay 9:29 of the third with Vancouver on the power play. Howard lost his stick in a scramble around his crease but still made a toe stop on Sedin’s initial shot from the right faceoff circle. Henrik Sedin picked up the loose puck and sent it back to his brother, who lifted it over the sprawled Howard.
Jiri Hudler banged home the rebound of a Nicklas Lidstrom power play chance 2:09 later to pull the Red Wings to back within a goal but Detroit was unable to even things up.
Both teams finished the night one-for-three on the power play.
Howard stopped 31 of 33 shots faced while Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo made 39 saves on 40 shots.
The Red Wings next host the Toronto Maple Leafs in the third game of their five-game homestand. They are 0-1-1 in the first two games of the stretch.
Detroit was without Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen and Todd Bertuzzi… Jiri Hudler returned to the lineup… Jakub Kindl was the healthy scratch on defense.