Red Wings blow 2-goal third-period lead, lose 5-2 to Canucks
The Red Wings had everything going their way until the third period on Tuesday night.
Within the first 3:30 of the third, Detroit watched its two-goal advantage disappear and ultimately lost 5-2 to the Vancouver Canucks at Little Caesars Arena.
It was the Wings’ fifth-straight loss, and they have been outscored 22-7 in those games.
The Canucks’ Bo Horvat had a hat trick, beginning with two power-play goals in the first 3:13 of the third period to tie it 2-2.
“2-0 lead, I thought we were doing a lot of good things going into the third period,” Justin Abdelkader said. “We give them two power-play goals which we can’t allow. As a penalty killer, I take responsibility. We gotta make sure that we’re all sacrificing, blocking shots. That gave them the momentum.”
Tyler Bertuzzi took a tripping penalty with a second left in the middle period and Horvat capitalized, putting in a rebound 1:42 of the third to make it 2-1.
Just seven seconds later, defenseman Dennis Cholowski, who scored his first goal of the season midway through the second period, took a high-sticking penalty. That allowed Horvat to tie the game at 2 when he tipped in Quinn Hughes’ shot from the point at the 3:13 mark.
“The third period, I think two cheap penalties,” Dylan Larkin said. “They didn’t mean to make the mistakes there, but one second left and we get a tripping call and then an errant stick and we get a high sticking. Their power play was a factor there. I thought we had a couple good shifts after they tied it 2-2, but that third and fourth goal were tough.”
Jake Virtanen got the winner with 7:41 left when his attempted pass from the right circle went in off of defenseman Filip Hronek’s skate. Tim Schaller added a goal with 5:39 remaining.
Horvat, who is from London, Ontario, and had a huge entourage of family and friends in the stands, completed his first career hat trick with an empty-net goal with 1:12 left.
“We carried the play for two periods,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “We were the better team, certainly had more chances. We were on the power play, had a chance to score, took a penalty with a second left. So now you come in, you’re short-handed, did a pretty good job on the kill, they scored at the end and scored again on the next penalty kill. All of a sudden the game starts to turn, and now it’s an even game.”
Both Red Wing goals came on the power play, which had been only 2-for-21 coming into the game.
Anthony Mantha’s 5-on-3 power-play goal gave Detroit a 1-0 lead with 3:52 left in the first period. He scored on a one-time slap shot from the top of the right circle off a pass by Hronek. It was Mantha’s seventh goal.
Cholowski made it 2-0 9:19 into the second period, with a 4-on-3 power-play goal. He beat Vancouver goalie Jacob Markstrom with a wrist shot from the right circle.
Jimmy Howard made 36 saves, while the Wings had 33 shots.
The Red Wings are right back at it on Wednesday when they travel to Canada’s capital to play the Ottawa Senators in a 7:30 p.m. game.