Vancouver at Detroit (3/23/11)

The league leading Vancouver Canucks were in Detroit tonight to play the Red Wings. The goalies were Howard and Luongo. Hudler was back in the lineup after recovering from the flu. According to the announcers he said he recovered by drinking lots of fluids and eating Doritos. Must be an old Czech remedy! Datsyuk, Franzen and Bertuzzi were all out of the lineup with problems that wouldn’t keep them out if it were the playoffs, so it’s not too serious. Osgood was supposed be back for this game but wasn’t able to go so he went back on IR and MacDonald was called back from Grand Rapids again. Mursak was also up from Grand Rapids.

Detroit played a great game tonight but the Canucks did the same. The Wings got off to a good start and applied a lot of pressure early. Luongo was incredible throughout the game. Howard was excellent as well, bouncing back nicely after a subpar game on Monday night in which he was pulled halfway through. The first period was a draw on the scoreboard but I thought the Red Wings were the better team.

In the second period the Canucks started to dominate. They weren’t allowing the Red Wings any time in their zone. However the Wings were also doing a good job of stopping the Canucks until they scored a fluke goal that bounced in off of Lidstrom. Daniel Sedin had the puck near the goal line. He threw it towards the front of the net and just got lucky. There was no more scoring in the second period.

Halfway through the third period the Canucks scored again. This time it was a scramble in the Red Wings’ end after they failed to clear the puck. Howard was getting abused by Kesler in front of the net and there were several things that could have been called penalties. After being pinned to the ice he lost his stick and still made several great saves in a row but he didn’t get any help. Eventually Daniel Sedin put it in the net again making it two to nothing Canucks. There wasn’t much that Howard could have done in that situation.

Later in the third, Hudler scored for the Wings to break Luongo’s shutout and bring them within a goal of tying it up. The Red Wings weren’t able to score another one though and lost the game two to one.

Even though they lost, the Red Wings have to be pretty happy with the way they played tonight. It was a good, tight game that was well played by both teams. I think every hockey fan would like to see a seven game series between these two teams. It wouldn’t be boring, that’s for sure!

This 2-1 loss brings us to:
95 points

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