Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader each scored two goals, and the Detroit Red Wings surged past the host Vancouver Canucks 5-2.
VANCOUVER, B.C. — Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader each scored two goals, and the Detroit Red Wings surged past the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 Saturday night.
Zetterberg broke out with his first goals in 11 games, dating to the Red Wings’ 8-3 rout of Vancouver in Detroit on Feb. 24.
Daniel Cleary also scored for the Red Wings, who earned their second road victory in two nights. Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk had three assists and won 15 of 24 faceoffs.
Alex Burrows scored both of Vancouver’s goals. His first, which came six seconds in, was the fastest opening goal in franchise history.
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Vancouver, which outshot Detroit 35-26, was 0 for 6 on the power play and is 0 for 30 with the advantage in its last 11 games.
“It’s not working and that would be an understatement,” Canucks coach Alain Vigneault told The Vancouver Sun. “And those are our top players. Their top players were obviously a little better than ours.”
Burrows started the scoring right after the opening faceoff when he took a cross-ice pass from Daniel Sedin and fired a shot just inside the post behind goaltender Jimmy Howard from the top of the right circle. The goal was Burrows’ first in 11 games.
Burrows surpassed Trevor Linden’s record for Vancouver’s fastest first goal — nine seconds — set against Anaheim on Jan. 16, 1994.
“Personal stuff doesn’t mean anything to me right now,” Burrows told The Vancouver Sun. “I just want to make sure we win games. Tonight we did a lot of good things early but, for some reason, we lost the momentum. They were able to capitalize on their chances and we weren’t able to come back.”