The Detroit Red Wings entered the final week of the NHL’s regular season with a 2-1 shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.
Maxim Lapierre scored the only goal of the tiebreaker in the third round, skating in slowly on Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard before making a series of quick moves to snap a shot past him. Ryan Kesler and Derek Roy failed to score for Vancouver while Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Damien Brunner were unable to beat the Canucks’ Cory Schneider.
Alexander Edler opened the game’s scoring with 7:45 remaining in the first period, blasting a one-timer from the top of the left faceoff circle past Howard on a Vancouver power play.
Cory Emmerton evened things up with 21 seconds left in the period. Damien Brunner threw the puck to the front of the net from the right wing boards and Emmerton was there to tip it between his legs and past Schneider to make it 1-1.
There would be no further scoring until the shootout.
The Edler goal was the only power play goal of the night. Vancouver had four tries with the extra attacker to Detroit’s three.
Howard made 13 saves on 14 shots. Schneider stopped 33 of 34 chances.
With the point for the shootout loss, the Red Wings move into ninth in the Western Conference standings, one point back of the Columbus Blue Jackets with one game in hand and one point up on the Dallas Stars, against whom Detroit ends the season.
Forward Drew Miller
left the game in the first period and did not return. After the game it was revealed that he will be out for four to eight weeks with a broken hand.
The Wings and Sabres aren’t done yet but I’m following Malik’s lead and calling this one early.
From what I understand (I haven’t actually had the game on since midway through the second) Detroit is currently losing 6-1 early in the third. Fantastic. I think we can guess how this one’s gonna end.
To me, Buffalo’s fifth goal shows just how this game went. Derek Roy drives to the net. Niklas Kronwall and Chris Osgood hold him off but the puck comes to the open side of the net. There’s no Detroit defender there. Brad Stuart stopped skating in the slot. Thomas Vanek is untouched as he puts in the rebound.
Yeah, that’s the kind of effort the Wings put forth tonight. Well done, guys.
Ryan Miller was a wall in net for the Buffalo Sabres, with the Detroit Red Wings only able to solve him once in the first 57 minutes of play Saturday night.
Unfortunately for Buffalo, the Wings’ plan of wearing down Miller eventually worked as Mikael Samuelsson and Marian Hossa scored in the game’s final three minutes to give the Red Wings a 3-1 win over the Sabres.
“We were hoping to wear (Miller) down. We thought if we stayed at their net, we’d get our opportunities,” Red Wings’ coach Mike Babcock said. “He made some great saves early, but we stayed patient and were able to get the win.”
Samuelsson scored with 2:34 remaining in the third period to break the tie, flipping a backhander past Miller while cutting across the front of the net after taking a feed from Jiri Hudler.
Hossa scored with 1:35 left in the game, powering a shot off the underside of Miller’s arm, just sneaking through the netminder’s equipment and into the net.
Derek Roy had opened the scoring for Buffalo 5:03 into the first period, lifting a rebound chance over Detroit goalie Ty Conklin‘s pad.
Hudler tied the game with three minutes remaining in the second period on a one-timer off a pass from Brett Lebda.
The Red Wings now have a six-game winning streak and have won seven games in a row at home. They’ll begin a six-game road trip on Monday in Dallas.
The Red Wings were without defenseman Niklas Kronwall
, who was a late scratch… Roy’s goal broke Conklin’s home shutout streak at 143 minutes and 49 seconds.