Detroit trounce Canucks on a two-goalie shutout

RARE ON ICE::It is not often that two goaltenders get to play in the same game and the last time that two ’keepers combined for a shutout was in October 2001

AP, DETROIT, Michigan

Wed, Feb 05, 2014 - Page 19

Justin Abdelkader scored early in the second period and again in the final seconds, while Jimmy Howard finished off a shutout that Jonas Gustavsson started for the Detroit Red Wings in a 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night.

Two Red Wings goalies combined on a shutout for the first time since Oct. 27, 2001, when Manny Legace and Dominik Hasek did it in a 1-0 win at Nashville, according to STATS.

Gustavsson started and stopped all eight shots he faced in the first period, but did not return to play because of dizziness. Howard had 16 saves and stopped David Booth on a second-period penalty shot.

The Canucks had coach John Tortorella behind their bench and forward Henrik Sedin on the ice after both missed six games.

Tortorella was suspended for 15 days by the National Hockey League (NHL) for his conduct after a brawl in a game against the Calgary Flames. Tortorella went to Calgary’s locker room following the first period, which began with several fights.

Sedin had been out since he was unable to finish the Jan. 18 game against Calgary because of an upper-body injury.


In Los Angeles, Patrick Kane had two goals and an assist, while Nick Leddy had a goal and an assist as Chicago snapped their recent slump with a victory over struggling Los Angeles.

Marcus Kruger scored the tiebreaking goal on a double deflection in the second period for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who had lost five of six.

Bryan Bickell also scored and Corey Crawford made 31 saves as Chicago swept the three-game season series between last season’s Western Conference finalists.

Anze Kopitar had a goal and two assists in Los Angeles’ highest-scoring performance since Jan. 21. Drew Doughty and Tyler Toffoli also scored, while Jonathan Quick stopped 25 shots in the Kings’ ninth loss in 10 games.

Chicago pulled within three points of Anaheim for the overall NHL lead.


In Anaheim, California, Sergei Bobrovsky made 34 saves, Nick Foligno scored twice in the third period, and Columbus also got goals from Ryan Johansen and R.J. Umberger in a victory over Anaheim.

The Blue Jackets are 11-0-3 since Jan. 6, a stretch that began with a franchise-record, eight-game winning streak. Bobrovsky, last season’s Vezina Trophy winner, is 10-2-0 with a 2.17 goals-against average in his past 12 starts, after missing 14 games because of a groin strain.

Mathieu Perreault and Ryan Getzlaf scored for the Ducks.

The Ducks are 4-5-0 since Jan. 15 and have two games left before the Olympic break.


In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, James Neal scored at 3 minutes, 5 seconds of overtime to give Pittsburgh a victory over Ottawa.

Neal netted his 18th of the season and scored his first goal in nine games for the Penguins, who won for the 16th time in 17 home games and are 23-4 at Consol Energy Center. Pittsburgh also avoided back-to-back regulation losses for the first time since dropping three straight in early November last year.

Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson stopped Robert Bortuzzo from the slot in overtime, but the rebound popped out to Neal, who dragged the puck around a Senators defender before dumping a shot past an out-of-position Anderson and into an empty net.

Ottawa’s Stephane Da Costa and Pittsburgh’s Brian Gibbons scored in the first period.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves for his league-leading 30th win. Anderson turned aside 46 shots in a hard-luck loss.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who leads the NHL with 75 points, was held without a point and has not scored a goal in five games, his longest drought since a seven-game slump earlier this season.


In Newark, New Jersey, Ryan O’Reilly scored a power-play goal 28 seconds into overtime as Colorado rallied to beat New Jersey.

The Avalanche tied the game with 1:47 left in regulation on a goal by P.A. Parenteau, after they pulled goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere with 2:30 remaining.

Devils defenseman Andy Greene was called for a penalty shortly after Parenteau’s goal and the man advantage carried into overtime. O’Reilly ended it by tipping Matt Duchene’s pass by goalie Cory Schneider for his 21st of the season, giving Colorado their fourth straight win.

It marked the third straight game in which New Jersey has given up a late goal to force overtime.

The Devils have lost their past two.

Ryan Carter scored in the first period for New Jersey.

In other play, it was:

‧ Flyers 5, Sharks 2

‧ Oilers 3, Sabres 2