Red Wings rally for 3-2 shootout win over Canucks
Dylan Larkin watches the puck get past Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom to win Tuesday’s game in a shootout.
The Red Wings were outplayed for most of the game Tuesday night and trailed 2-0 in the second period … but they did not quit.
Their reward: a 3-2 shootout win over the Vancouver Canucks at Little Caesars Arena for their fourth win in five games.
“I think it’s just going out there and working hard and working hard for 60 minutes,” said Jimmy Howard, who made 40 saves. It’s “realizing that this game has a lot of ups and downs throughout the whole game, and if you just continue to stick to it and keep working for 60 minutes, some nights you’re going to get the bounces. And we were able to find a way to get two points tonight.”
Dylan Larkin scored the only goal of the shootout while Howard stopped shootout attempts by Elias Pettersson, Nikolay Goldobin and Bo Horvat. Howard also denied Horvat on a breakaway 20 seconds into overtime.
“I think part of resilient is guys stepping and making plays at big moments,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “And for a goaltender, it’s just making a whole bunch of saves. And I thought Howie was a big difference that way.”
Gustav Nyquist tied the game 2-2, 1:37 into the third period. It was only Nyquist’s second goal of the season – he has 11 assists and is second to Larkin in points – as his shot went off the pads of goaltender Jacob Markstrom and in off the leg of Vancouver defenseman Troy Stecher.
“It was nice for sure. Don’t care how you get them, this one deflected off a shin pad,” Nyquist said. “Not the prettiest one, but it counts and I’ll take it.”
Abdelkader put the Red Wings on the board, making it 2-1 with 6:17 left in the second period, with a power-play goal. He put in a loose puck from the slot for his third goal.
Defenseman Ben Hutton’s goal with 8:39 remaining in the middle period made it 2-0 Canucks. He beat Howard with a screened wrist shot from the left point. The Red Wings challenged that the play was offside going into the zone, but the goal was upheld.
Detroit appeared to tie the game at 1, on a goal by Martin Frk, 5:36 into the second period. But it was reversed on a challenge by the Canucks that the play was offside.
Frk took a long pass at the Canucks’ blue line for a breakaway and beat Markstrom with a slap shot from the right circle. But replays showed that Frk was in the Vancouver zone before the puck, and the goal was reversed.
Pettersson gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead with 6:21 left in the first period on a precision slap shot from the top of the left circle that beat Howard high on the glove side, off the rush. It was the star rookie center’s 10th goal.
… Detroit recalled C Christoffer Ehn from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey league. Ehn had an assist in nine games with the Red Wings earlier this season. He played 6:53 on the fourth line Tuesday night.
… The Red Wings were without D Jonathan Ericsson (undisclosed), F Andreas Athanasiou (leg), C Frans Nielsen (concussion) and F Thomas Vanek (lower body) due to injuries.