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Detroit Red Wings Shutout the Canucks in 2-0 Victory

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The Detroit Red Wings batten down the hatches, holding the Vancouver Canucks off the board in a 2-0 shutout victory.

The first period was largely uneventful from either side, as each team, who’ve been decimated by injuries so far in the season, took the time to feel each other out and comfortably get their legs underneath them. The Red Wings killed off a handful of penalties in the period to keep the game scoreless leaving the period. Vancouver held an 8-7 edge in shots leaving the stanza.

Detroit would finally get on the board to open the second period. At 1:08, Henrik Zetterberg shielded the puck, as he does so well, and let off a backhand pass to Justin Abdelkader, who sniped the puck from the faceoff circle top-corner on goaltender Eddie Lack, who played far too deep in his crease on the shot and saw it sail over his shoulder to make it 1-0 Detroit. No more offense would be mustered from either side in the period, and Vancouver again held the slight edge in shots after two periods at 21-19.

The third period was largely a mirror of the first, with the penalty kill being a huge contributing factor in the resulting win. Abdelkader would net another one before the night was out, getting the insurance empty net goal at 19:44 on a power play, when he out-battled a Canucks’ defender and got the last tip on the tip, sending it sliding into the goal mouth. They’d take away the 2-0 shutout victory, a combined effort between Jimmy Howard and Jonas Gustavsson, who left after the first period with dizziness, and the two points in the standings to secure the last wild card spot.

This was the last home game until the Lidstrom jersey retirement in March, so they’ve got a bit of a tough stretch ahead going into and coming out of the Olympic break. Next matchup is Thursday night against the Florida Panthers. See you then, Nation!

-Nathan Webb

 

About Nathan Webb

Work by day, hockey by night. I write purely from a fan's perspective. I've been an avid Wings fan for as long as I can remember, and win or lose, praise or critique, I always support my team. Stevie Y will always be the best, and the Avs will always be the strongest of rivals.

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9 Comments

  1. Amy Werner

    February 3, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    SWEET

  2. Robyn Lewis

    February 3, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    I so happy that Jonas Gustavsson got his first shutout this season as a member of the Detroit Red Wings team and I hope he gets another shutout this season again but a different team.

  3. Albert Luu

    February 3, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Red Wings played a complete game.A well deserved & much needed win.

  4. Robyn Lewis

    February 3, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    I so happy that Jonas Gustavsson got his first shutout this season as a member of the Detroit Red Wings team and I hope he gets another shutout this season again but against a different team.

  5. Detroit Sports Nation

    February 4, 2014 at 1:59 am

    Sorry Robyn, but Gustavsson didn’t technically get the shutout.

  6. Detroit Sports Nation

    February 4, 2014 at 2:01 am

    Also, Philly won tonight, so the Wings are once again on the outside looking in.

  7. Matthew Browning

    February 4, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Detroit still holds on to the last Wild Card spot because Detroit has a game in hand over Philly.

  8. Robyn Lewis

    February 4, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    No their not Detroit Red Wings team is in 8th place.

  9. Larry McClish

    February 4, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Always good to beat the pesky Canucks. Let’s get ready for the Olympic break with two wins south of the border this week, Wings !!!

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