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Salo helps Canucks edge Red Wings in overtime

Nov 25, 2008 - 7:16 AM
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- The Vancouver Canucks waited until after regulation to assure themselves that they can survive without star goaltender Roberto Luongo.

Two night after their captain suffered an injury, defenseman Sami Salo scored a power-play goal 2:33 into overtime and the Canucks extended their winning streak to four games with a 3-2 overtime triumph over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday.

Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk scored with the man advantage to snap a 1-1 tie with 3:35 remaining in the third period but Daniel Sedin pulled Vancouver even with his 400th career point just 70 seconds later.

"It's kind of a fluke play," Sedin said. "Last time they were in, we probably weren't playing as good as we wanted to. Tonight, we're a confident team right now. Goals seem to go in for us right now."

Taylor Pyatt tallied in the second for Vancouver, which improved to 8-0-2 over its last 10 contests.

"We're just playing as a team and everyone is real excited to be beating a team like Detroit," Pyatt said. "It's been really good for us and we'll continue to play the way we can. Great job by Curtis Sanford to step up and play the way he did. That feels good."

Sanford stepped up and made 32 saves in the wake of Luongo's injury. The 29-year-old Luongo, who made one save before the injury, is 11-5-2 with a 2.18 goals-against average and an NHL-best five shutouts on the season.

"I felt composed, confident out there. I felt that I was moving well," Sanford said. "It shows that we can battle through adversity. We're dealing with it head-on right now. We've got some key players out and we've had some key injuries in the last couple weeks so. We're finding a way to get it done and guys are really stepping it up and playing hard."

Luongo went down attempting to make a save on a shot that was blocked in front. He was helped off the rink by the training staff, putting no weight on his left leg. But one game after making 28 saves in a 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild, Sanford entered and turned aside 17 of 18 shots to notch the victory.

Luckily for the Canucks, the 29-year-old Sanford rose to the occasion again in this one against perhaps the most dangerous offensive team in the NHL.

"It was a hard-fought game against the Stanley Cup champions," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. "We played against the best in the league tonight and, obviously, they outplayed us a little bit in regulation, but we found a way to stick around.

"They took a penalty in OT and we made them pay for it."

Mikael Samuelsson beat Sanford 9:22 into the first for the Red Wings, whose five-game win streak came to an end.

However, Sanford turned aside all 11 shots he faced in the following session and held Detroit in check in the third until Datsyuk struck late in the session to snap the tie, unleashing a slap shot from the right faceoff circle that went in between the legs of defenseman Willie Mitchell and into the open net.

Detroit, which was held under three goals for just the third time this season, fizzled in overtime as it failed to cover Salo, who beat Chris Osgood with a hard slap shot from inside the left circle.

"Finding ways to win is what this game is about," Vigneault said. "Curtis played a really strong game in net and the fact that Sami came back obviously helped us out quite a bit. It was a tight game, hard-fought. We just found a way to get it done in overtime."

The extent of Luongo's injury is unknown, other than a report that claimed he will be "week-to-week." Vancouver, which sits atop the Northwest Division, will have to find a way to keep its potent defense as the key ingredient to its winning ways. It has yielded 52 goals this season - third in the Western Conference - and Sanford has had little to do with it.

The Owen Sound, Ontario native is 33-30-11 over his five-year career and boasts a goals-against average well north than that of Luongo.

"I think it just comes with time. I think that every goalie would love to play all the time but I feel that I'm getting a little more comfortable every game and through every period," Sanford said. "That just comes with being in net."

Still, Sanford was able to stymie a Detroit team which had won seven of eight, with its only blemish coming in a 7-6 overtime loss to the Penguins on November 11. The Red Wings' last regulation loss came on October 30 against the San Jose Sharks.

"We had lots of opportunity to score we just didn't finish around their net," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "There were lots of second opportunities there and we didn't get to enough of them. Give them credit; they battled hard.

"But I think anytime you're playing on the road like we are you know you've got to give yourself a chance, play solid defensively, and don't give up much and you'll probably get a chance with this team we have. We thought we had that here tonight but in the end we just couldn't get it done."








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    FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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    DETROIT 1 0 1 0 2
    VANCOUVER 0 1 1 1 3 FINAL IN OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DET - MIKAEL SAMUELSSON 5 (ANDREAS LILJA, HENRIK ZETTERBERG)
    9:22
    2ND PRD: VAN - TAYLOR PYATT 3 (UNASSISTED) 2:27
    3RD PRD: DET - (PP) PAVEL DATSYUK 8 (NIKLAS KRONWALL, MIKAE

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    DETROIT 2
    VANCOUVER 3
    OT: VAN - (PP) SAMI SALO 2 (PAVOL DEMITRA, DANIEL SEDIN) 2:33

    Red Wings 2, Canucks 3  End of OTNov 25 12:33 AM


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    END OF THE 3RD GOING INTO OT
    1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    DETROIT 1 0 1 2
    VANCOUVER 0 1 1 2 GOING INTO OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DET - MIKAEL SAMUELSSON 5 (ANDREAS LILJA, HENRIK ZETTERBERG)
    9:22
    2ND PRD: VAN - TAYLOR PYATT 3 (UNASSISTED) 2:27
    3RD PRD: DET - (PP) PAVEL DATSYUK 8 (NIKLAS KRONWALL, MIKAEL
    SAMUELSSON) 16:25
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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    VANCOUVER 0 1 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DET - MIKAEL SAMUELSSON 5 (ANDREAS LILJA, HENRIK ZETTERBERG)
    9:22
    2ND PRD: VAN - TAYLOR PYATT 3 (UNASSISTED) 2:27
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    VANCOUVER 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
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    1ST PRD: DET - MIKAEL SAMUELSSON 5 (ANDREAS LILJA, HENRIK ZETTERBERG)
    9:22
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