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Red Wings extend streak with 5-3 win over Canucks

AP, DETROIT, Michigan

Pavel Datsyuk scored twice as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-3 on Sunday for their fourth straight victory.

About one-third of the arena, including the Vancouver zone, went dark 29 seconds into the game after a minor power failure. The game was delayed 33 minutes.

Niklas Kronwall, Danny DeKeyser and Gustav Nyquist also scored, Henrik Zetterberg had two assists and Jimmy Howard made 30 saves for Detroit.

Linden Vey scored twice, and Shawn Matthias added a goal for Vancouver.

Kronwall opened the scoring at 3 minutes, 15 seconds of the first period, beating Ryan Miller with a slap shot, and Nyquist made it 2-0 midway through the period with a one-timer on a power play.

Vey scored on a power play at 2:37 of the second, and Datsyuk countered late in the period with a power-play goal that appeared to hit Canucks forward Nick Bonino’s skate before crossing the line.

Matthias and DeKeyser swapped goals early in the third, before Vey added his second goal.

Datsyuk had an empty-net goal in the final minute.

The Red Wings played the third period without forward Justin Abdelkader after he left the game with an upper-body injury.

In related news, former Detroit player Gordie Howe is comfortable as he makes a long recovery from two strokes, but the hockey great cannot walk and has limited speech, one of his sons said on Sunday.

Mark Howe said his 86-year-old father’s vital signs are good and he is aware of the reasons for his condition. He added that an epidural reduced pain stemming from spinal surgery last summer.

“He’s unable to walk and his speech is very minimal,” said Mark Howe, like his father a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. “After his first stroke, within a week, he was up to walking 40 to 50 feet.”

“They did his first physical therapy after the epidural. He tried standing twice over 20 minutes and it took every ounce of energy he had and totally drained him,” Mark Howe said.

Gordie Howe suffered what his children called a serious stroke in late October and another early last month. He has been staying at his daughter’s home in Lubbock, Texas.

He has lived with his children since the death of his wife, Colleen, in 2009. He has had dementia for several years.

Known as “Mr Hockey,” Gordie Howe was the NHL’s Most Valuable Player six times. He played on four Stanley Cup championship teams in Detroit during a 25-year stint that began in 1946. The league scoring records he set stood until Wayne Gretzky broke them.

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