Detroit Red Wings shut out Vancouver Canucks 2-0


Things continue to get worse for the Canucks before they're getting better.

Tonight, Vancouver lost 2-0 in Detroit, thanks to two goals by Justin Abdelkader, including an empty-netter at 19:44 of the third period.

The final goal came after an Alex Burrows cross-checking penalty in the final minute of the game.

The loss drops the Canucks' record to 27-21-9.

This leaves them in eighth place in the Western Conference, just a point ahead of the Phoenix Coyotes. The desert devils have two games in hand.

For the first time this season, it's looking as though the Canucks might not make the playoffs.

One of the bright spots for Vancouver was the continued steady play of backup goalie Eddie Lack, who stopped 28 of 29 shots.

However, the return of captain Henrik Sedin and head coach John Tortorella didn't ignite the team's offence.

This year, Vancouver has allowed seven more goals than it has scored in what is shaping up as a mediocre season.

Tomorrow night, Vancouver plays the Bruins in Boston, followed by games on Thursday (February 6) in Montreal and Toronto on Saturday (February 8).

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They should rebuild into a model of the Broadstreet Bullies. Holding onto some current players, they'd be halfway there. Bobby Clarke led a pack of wolves to the Cup a time or two, winning solely with grit, intimidation, no-compromise, no-whining.

We definitely won't get far with this Gillis team, even if we bring back Bure who with only one good knee, probably would still become our top scorer. It's time we try something new and exciting to tune into.
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