Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Canucks 4 Wings 2

The Vancouver Canucks overcame an early 1-0 deficit and beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 last night at the Joe Louis Arena. The Sedin line led the team with 5 points and Alex Auld stopped 28 shots. The game recap is here; the score sheet and stat sheet are here and here.

My notes from the game:

  • The rest of the forwards finally decided to show up. Sedin, Sedin and Carter combined for 5 points, including Henrik's and Anson's first goals of the season, and were a combined +7 for the night. Matt Cooke and Richard Park (empty net) also scored for the first time.
  • Cooke earned his money tonight. He was his usual agitating self and sparked the team with some solid hits. He also scored the tying goal on a breakaway after forcing a turnover in the Detroit zone.
  • Alex Auld started his first game this season and stopped 28 of 30 Detroit shots, including a couple in the final seconds to preserve the win. Hopefully, he can continue to give Cloutier a breather every third game or so and keep Cloutier relatively fresh for the playoffs.
  • In three games so far, Steve McCarthy has looked lost and tentative. I thought he was mostly responsible for Detroit's second goal when he let Tomas Holmstrom cruise to the front of the net. Probably his most telling stat is that he only played 11 minutes, none in the last 10 minutes of the game.
  • Wade Brookbank was interviewed between periods and he mentioned that he expects to play in at least one of the two games in Minnesota. I wonder who he will draw in for - McCarthy, Baumgartner or Goren?
  • Sami Salo again led the time with 26:24 minutes of ice-time. He also assisted on Henrik's goal to extend his point streak to three games. He now has 5 points (1G-4A) and is tied with Markus Naslund for the team lead in points.
  • The Canucks held Detroit without a powerplay goal after Detroit scored five against the Flames the night before.
Next up: Minnesota on Wednesday.
posted by J.J. Guerrero, 6:56 AM


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