Vancouver 4, Detroit 2

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 10:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Detroit 21-11-1-0 13-2-1-0 8-9-0-0 L1
Vancouver 21-11-0-2 10-4-0-1 11-7-0-1 W3


Chris Higgins and Dan Hodgson scored 21 seconds apart midway through the first period and the Vancouver Canucks never looked back en route to a 4-2 home triumph over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday.

Alex Burrows and defenseman Alex Edler also tallied while Roberto Luongo made 38 saves to improve to 7-0-1 in his last eight starts for Vancouver, which has won 12 of 15 overall and six of seven at home.

The quick strikes by Higgins and Hodgson gave the Canucks a 2-0 lead. Higgins buried the rebound of Mason Raymond's breakaway chance and Hodgson beat Jimmy Howard with a slap shot from the top of the slot on a partial break.

Former Canuck Todd Bertuzzi got Detroit on the board less than four minutes later, but Burrows restored Vancouver's two-goal advantage when he tipped Daniel Sedin's pass past Howard with 4:20 remaining in the session.

Drew Miller scored his fourth goal in three games late in the second to get the Red Wings within 3-2. However, Edler backhanded a rebound into a vacant net while shorthanded 3 1/2 minutes into the third as Jannik Hansen crashed into Howard, giving the Canucks some breathing room.

Howard stopped 21 shots for the Red Wings, who have lost four of six on the road.

Top Game Performances

Detroit   Vancouver
Todd Bertuzzi 1 Points Jannik Hansen 2
Todd Bertuzzi 1 Goals Alexandre Burrows 1
Daniel Cleary 1 Assists Jannik Hansen 2
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals Alexander Edler 1
Jimmy Howard .840 Save Percentage Roberto Luongo .950
Jimmy Howard 21 Saves Roberto Luongo 38

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Detroit 40 2 0-4 0-0 0 27
Vancouver 25 4 0-0 4-4 8 32

Upcoming Games

  • Vancouver will play its next game at home against Calgary. The Canucks have a W/L % of .571 after a win and .692 after a loss.
  • Detroit will play its next game on the road against Calgary. The Red Wings have a W/L % of .773 after a win and .364 after a loss.
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