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Offense Explodes for Detroit Red Wings in Rout of Vancouver Canucks

February 25th, 2013 at 5:03 PM
By Frank Vajcner

Word to opposing goaltenders: be on your game when facing the Detroit Red Wings.

Vancouver Canucks' netminder Roberto Luongo apparently didn't get the memo as the Red Wings scored eight goals on 28 shots in a 8-3 win to hand Luongo his first regulation loss this season.

"It's one of those games where it felt like the puck was finding its way in on almost every shot," Luongo said.

The Canucks lead 3-2 after one period, but the Red Wings would score the next five goals.

"This was a tough game. You're playing at 5:00 after playing a 7:00 the night before," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said, referring to a 4-0 win against Nashville on Saturday night. "It's one on your schedule you look at, you don't know if you'll have an opportunity to win. We feel real fortunate to have gotten back-to-back wins."

"Of course the team that didn't play the night before had more energy. It's natural, but you've just got to keep it simple and not get caught out there for a long time," Henrik Zetterberg, the Red Wings' captain, said. "We did that today and we got some goals on the power play, and that helps."

Daniel Sedin ended Jimmy Howard's shutout streak at 5:45 of the first after he put in a pass from his brother, Henrik, who was behind the net.

Jordin Tootoo answered for the Wings with an unassisted tally at 11:08 after his shot deflected off of Canucks' defenseman Keith Ballard and past Luongo for his second goal of the year.

Niklas Kronwall fired a slap shot past Luongo 1:29 later for his third goal of the season.

The Sedin twins would answer again at 16:18 as Henrik sent a long shot to the other end that was collected by Daniel and sent past Howard.

Chris Higgins added another goal at 18:26 to make it 3-2 after one.

The Red Wings would score three power play goals in the second to blow the game open. Danny Cleary flipped one past Luongo from the side of the net for his fourth of the year at 2:57.

Zetterberg added his sixth of the year after he sent a slap shot past Luongo at 15:10. Damien Brunner got in on the fun with his ninth of the year at 19:18 to make it 5-3.

The Wings were far from done in the third. Brunner became the first Red Wing to notch double-digit goals as he sent a wrister past Luongo at 9:36 for his tenth of the season.

Joakim Andersson continued to add to the Canucks' misery as he scored his second and third goals of the season at 16:39 and 17:31 respectively.

Howard finished with 21 saves on 24 shots. Luongo stopped 20 of 28.

NOTES: Brunner also notched a pair of assists to give him four points on the night…Kronwall (goal, 2 assists) recorded his second straight three point game, and improved his rating to a minus-4. He also moved into the scoring lead among defensemen…Luongo came into the game with a 1.45 GAA…In three meetings against Luongo last season, the Wings had scored a combined eight goals.

THREE STARS:

  1. DET Niklas Kronwall (goal, 2 assists)
  2. DET Damien Brunner (2 goals, 2 assists)
  3. DET Joakim Andersson (2 goals)
Tags: Damien Brunner, Danny Cleary, Detroit Red Wings, Henrik Zetterberg, Hockey, Jimmy Howard, Joakim Andersson, Jordin Tootoo, NHL, Niklas Kronwall

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