An early start for the Red Wings didn’t faze them from a road trip and a nice trip back. Detroit’s defenseman contributed to their scoring binge with Pavel Datsyuk scoring a pair of goals in their 5-3 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Joe Louis Arena Sunday afternoon.
With a terrific show of coming from the ashes against the Devils, the Red Wings returned home to begin a four game homestand against teams from the corners of the country. Vancouver hoped to get the best of their former Western Conference rival by breaking them from their three game winning streak but was going to have to work hard as everyone on the Detroit bench was making contributions.
Three minutes into the first period, the Red Wings dominated on all sides of the Vancouver zone where captain Henrik Zetterberg made a stretch pass to Niklas Kronwall who took a wide open shot and scored on Ryan Miller whose streak of disallowing goals came to an end after shutting out the opposition through two games. Detroit converted on their second power play with Gustav Nyquist scoring on a open shot from the far end giving him 11 on the year.
The Canucks got on the board against Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard In net where Linden Vey scored on a rebound from a wrap around attempt that cut the lead down to one. Datsyuk restored the two goal lead where he gained the puck back on Tomas Tatar’s attempt that Miller blocked off for the magic man to backhand the puck through traffic giving him four goals in three games.
The Canucks made the third period a challenging one for the Red Wings as they battled through the midway point to score on a redirect from Yannick Weber that Shawn Matthias earned credit for. The Detroit bench got the Michigan natives to make their mark this season and made it happen for Danny DeKeyser who scored his first of the season on a point shot from the blue line to double the margin of goals. Vey notched his second of the night to keep the Canucks in the game while using six men on the attack where they made it count scrambling in front of the crease.
With the net still empty and Vancouver still on the hunt to tie the game, the Red Wings fought back with a rush for gaining the puck back where Datsyuk skated the puck and scored the empty netter to score his ninth and put another victory in the Red Wings hands. Howard first game back since Wednesday’s win over Philadelphia was a nice break for him as he worked through the Canucks shots on goal to stop 28 of 30 and pick up his eleventh win and third in a row. Miller on the other hand saw all his good moments fall apart as he made just 25 saves against Detroit. “They played better than us in the first. … A couple of miscues and we were down by two,” said Miller, as he faced his younger brother, Red Wings forward Drew Miller.
Detroit hopes to keep the winning streak alive at home as they host the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night. Others thought that the work that Detroit worked out against Vancouver could have been better. “I didn’t think we were near as good as we can be,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “I thought we turned over some pucks and backed in a little bit, but we did enough good things to win and found a way to win the game.”