After power outage, Wings zap Canucks
Detroit — They had to wait a little longer than anticipated Sunday, but the Red Wings earned another victory.
Just 29 seconds into the game, a minor power outage caused an almost 30 minute delay but the Red Wings waited things out and eventually defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-3.
Gustav Nyquist and Pavel Datsyuk had power play goals — Datsyuk added the clinching empty-net goal with 49.2 seconds left — and Niklas Kronwall and Danny DeKeyser added goals, as the Red Wings (14-5-5, 33 points) won their fourth consecutive game and sixth in seven games.
"Kind of a strange game," said HenrikZetterberg, who had two assists. "The power went out so we went back in, so it was tough for either team to get any momentum. But in the end we got two points and when you play a good team, it's nice to see we can get some goals."
The only potential negative for the Red Wings out of the victory?
Justin Abdelkader missed the third period with what was announced as an upper-body injury. Coach Mike Babcock said after the game it was a shoulder injury that will keep Abdekader out day-to-day.
"It's not life threatening," Babcock said. "It might be for some guys, but Abby is tougher than most, so it'll be shorter than most."
Linden Vey's second goal of the game, at 16:10 of the third period, cut the Red Wings lead to 4-3.
But Datsyuk's empty-net goal cemented the victory after a back-and-forth third period.
"I didn't think we were near as good as we can be," Babcock said. "We turned over some pucks and backed in a little bit, but we did enough good things to win the game."
Shawn Matthias added the other Canucks' (16-7-1, 33 points) goal as Vancouver saw its three-game win streak end.
DeKeyser's goal at 13:36 of the third period, his first of the season in his 100th NHL game, gave the Red Wings a 4-2 lead.
Seventy seconds earlier, Weber's shot deflected off Matthias before getting past Jimmy Howard (30 saves), cutting the Red Wings lead to 3-2.
Vey cut the Red Wings lead to 2-1 at 2:37 of the second period, beating Howard from near the hashmarks on the power play.
But Datsyuk restored the two-goal lead with his eighth goal of the season.
Vancouver goalie Ryan Miller (East Lansing/Michigan State) made a diving stop on Tomas Tatar, but the puck squirted to the side of the net.
Datsyuk was on the rebound and banked a shot off CanucksdefensemanLucaSbisa and into the net at 14:24, giving the Red Wings a 3-1 lead.
Miller made 25 saves, including stopping his brother Drew Miller on a partial breakaway in the third period, but came up on the losing end of the Miller vs. Miller clash.
Datsyuk's goal was the second Red Wings power-play goal of the game — Nyquist scored his 11th goal with a first period power-play goal — and was seventh time in the last 12 games the Red Wings have scored two power-play goals in a game.
The Red Wings are surging offensively with 28 goals in their last seven games (4.0 average).
"We're throwing a lot of pucks to the net and we're getting there for second chances," Zetterberg said. "Our power play has been better, that helps. But overall we're playing pretty good with all four lines doing a good job."