Canucks End Red Wings’ Streak in Shootout

Newest Red Wing Kyle Quincey scored in his first game back with Detroit and the Wings’ third line contributed to three goals but it didn’t stop the Vancouver Canucks from ending their NHL-record home winning streak at 23 games, defeating the Red Wings 4-3 in a shootout.

Alexandre Burrows scored the only goal of the tiebreaker on Vancouver’s third shot, beating Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard high.

Vancouver netminder Roberto Luongo stopped Jiri Hudler, Henrik Zetterberg and Todd Bertuzzi while Howard made saves on David Booth and Alexander Edler.

The Red Wings appeared to be headed to their 24th consecutive home win until the Canucks tied things up with 16 seconds remaining in regulation.

Off an icing call, Vancouver won the draw in the Detroit zone and kept control of the puck, getting a couple chances before Daniel Sedin blasted a shot from the high slot through a screen and past Howard.

Darren Helm had opened the game’s scoring with 8:44 left in the first period. On a two on one with Justin Abdelkader, Helm looked like he was going to pass all the way down the ice before finally flipping a weak shot past Luongo to give the Red Wings their first lead.

Daniel Sedin made it 1-1 with 6:26 left in the second period. Edler’s shot from above the right faceoff circle was slowed down by Henrik Sedin before Daniel picked it up at the edge of the crease and shoveled it in around Howard.

Quincey restored the Detroit lead at 6:08 of the third, swatting a shot from the slot past Luongo off a feed from Abdelkader.

With 6:34 remaining, Cody Hodgson‘s attempted pass from the left circle went off Detroit defender Niklas Kronwall‘s skate and past Howard to tie things back up.

Just twenty seconds later, Abdelkader made it 3-2. Helm drove to the net and put a shot off the post, with the puck sliding up to Luongo’s pad. Abdelkader jumped in and knocked the loose puck into the net.

Luongo finished the night with 33 saves on 36 Detroit chances while Howard stopped 40 of the 43 shots he faced.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night, with the Wings having five tries with the extra attacker to Vancouver’s four.

The Red Wings are next in action on Saturday night when they host Quincey’s former team, the Colorado Avalanche.

With the Red Wings now carrying eight defensemen on their roster, Jakub Kindl and Mike Commodore were both healthy scratches… Pavel Datsyuk missed his second game since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday… Quincey wore #27, after having worn #45 and #4 in his first stint with the Red Wings.

Postgame: Canucks @ Red Wings – 2/23

You had to know that the streak would end in a shootout, especially seeing how those were such a point of contention over the past couple weeks on whether or not the streak “really counted” because of Detroit’s overtime and shootout wins.

It’s frustrating because the Wings were close. This could have been a win. If any of Detroit’s three shooters had any bit of inspiration in the shootout… If Danny Cleary didn’t put two great chances in overtime right into Roberto Luongo… If the linesman didn’t buy Sami Salo’s “I’m trying as hard as I can to pretend to try as hard as I can” leading to that last icing call (or, even better, if Todd Bertuzzi is more careful dumping the puck out in the first place)…

But I say it’s okay to be frustrated because no one knows how to act when a twenty-three game winning streak comes to an end. Next time someone does it, they can let me know.

What the Wings need to do to get a new streak going? Power play. My god, they need to get the power play clicking. That’s a dead horse, I know, but they’ve had chances the last two games that they didn’t look remotely competent on. It’s biting them in the ass repeatedly.

Two days in a row off twice next week should give them some time to calm things down and work on this stuff. We’ll see if it helps.

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