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Hudler, Cleary score twice as Red Wings hang on

Dec 5, 2008 - 5:59 AM
DETROIT (Ticker) -- A quick burst early in the third period had the Detroit Red Wings feeling comfortable. It proved to be just enough, however, for them to get past the Vancouver Canucks.

Jiri Hudler and Daniel Cleary each scored two goals as the Red Wings held on for a 6-5 victory over the Canucks on Thursday.

Captain Nicklas Lidstrom recorded a goal and two assists and fellow blue-liner Derek Meech netted his first career tally for the Red Wings, who completed the season series against the Canucks with a 2-0-2 record.

"We've played them four times in the span of a month and a half," Lidstrom said. "It's been a quick series with them, but in a way, it's good to get that long trip out of the way, too. We know they're a good team, so we're happy with the two points tonight."

Defenseman Brian Rafalski and Valtteri Filppula both set up a pair of tallies for Detroit, which has won three of four.

"That was post-lockout hockey - last shot wins," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "It's a good thing they didn't get any more shots. Tomorrow when I get up and look in the paper, it's going to be beautiful. The bottom line is, you win as a team and you lose as a team, and tonight we were able to get six and win."

Henrik Sedin scored a goal and set up another while Daniel Sedin and blue-liner Shane O'Brien registered two assists apiece for the Canucks, who fell to 0-3-0 on their seven-game road trip.

With the game tied at 3-3 after 40 minutes, Meech put the Red Wings ahead for good at 3:23 of the third.

"I've been looking for that one for a while," Meech said. "It's funny because I came close in Vancouver last year. I thought I had one there, but they called it back on me. It's great to be able to contribute."

Entering without a goal in 49 career NHL contests, the 24-year-old grabbed the puck in the right faceoff circle and skated behind the net before putting a backhander inside the left goalpost.

"It was one of those plays where you're not thinking, just reacting to what the situation is," Meech said. "At first, I thought I was going to shoot it on net, but then the body took over, and that's the way it went."

Meech's teammates were elated to see him end his drought and impressed with the manner in which he did so.

"It's great to see (Meech) showing real lots of patience and hanging on to the puck," Lidstrom said. "It was a great move, great goal to see him score."

"Meech is a smart player and he's doing well up here," Cleary said. "It's not an easy transition positionally along the boards. But that was a great goal."

Lidstrom doubled the advantage just 50 seconds later, wristing a shot from the left circle between the pads of Curtis Sanford. The goaltender, who made 27 saves, was then pulled in favor of Cory Schneider after Cleary fired a loose puck past him from the slot during a power play at 6:08.

"It seemed like they were coming at us in waves at the beginning of the third," Sanford said. "They made some plays out there. They scored some nice goals. They've got some skill players. Maybe we gave them a little too much room."

"You still try to shoot the puck a lot and get it through," Lidstrom said of his third goal of the campaign. "Hoss (Marian Hossa) made a great pass when I came down the side there to find an opening. When you're not scoring, you try to shoot a lot and get the pucks through to the net."

Vancouver refused to fold, however, as Henrik Sedin knocked in a rebound at 8:20 and Alex Burrows deflected defenseman Kevin Bieksa's shot from the right point past netminder Chris Osgood with 85 seconds left.

"We can't be happy about the way we started the third period, but we kept working," Vancouver defenseman Sami Salo said.

But it was too little, too late as the Canucks dropped their fourth straight contest.

"They fought back. They didn't give up at all," Lidstrom said. "They were still coming at us even though they were down three goals for a while. It was great to see the team hold them off at the end."

"I thought we played a good game until the latter part of the third period," Cleary added. "We let them back in it, but at the end of the day, it's a win. Our offense was good, but we have to get a lot tighter defensively."

Taylor Pyatt opened the scoring 95 seconds into the game for Vancouver, but Hudler scored twice in a span of 5:01 to give Detroit a 2-1 edge. It was the second two-goal effort of the season and third career for the Czech, who has netted four tallies in as many games.

"You can tell he's playing with lots of confidence," Lidstrom said. "He's hanging on to the puck and shielding the puck with his body. He's not a big guy out there, but he's good at hanging on to it. He's got a quick release. He can really shoot the puck, and we saw that on both of his goals, that he can beat someone with that quick shot."

Kyle Wellwood, whose turnover led to Hudler's first goal, extended his goal-scoring streak to three games during a power play 92 seconds into the middle session to forge a tie, and Mason Raymond put the Canucks ahead, 3-2, at 4:13. But Cleary tipped Lidstrom's slap shot from the left point past Sanford at 9:34 to again knot the contest.

Osgood made 20 saves.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    VANCOUVER 1 2 2 5
    DETROIT 2 1 3 6 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: VAN - TAYLOR PYATT 4 (SHANE O'BRIEN, STEVE BERNIER) 1:35
    DET - JIRI HUDLER 10 (TOMAS KOPECKY, VALTTERI FILPPULA) 5:04
    DET - JIRI HUDLER 11 (ANDREAS LILJA) 10:05
    2ND PRD: VAN - (PP) KYLE WELLWOOD 11 (DANIEL SEDIN, HENR

    Dec 4 10:04 PM


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    VANCOUVER 5
    DETROIT 6
    3RD PRD: VAN - ALEXANDRE BURROWS 7 (KEVIN BIEKSA, MATTIAS OHLUND)
    18:35

    Canucks 5, Red Wings 6  3rd - 1:25Dec 4 10:02 PM
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    VANCOUVER 4
    DETROIT 6
    3RD PRD: VAN - HENRIK SEDIN 4 (DANIEL SEDIN, PAVOL DEMITRA) 8:20

    Canucks 4, Red Wings 6  3rd - 11:40Dec 4 9:44 PM


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    VANCOUVER 3
    DETROIT 6
    3RD PRD: DET - (PP) DANIEL CLEARY 4 (NICKLAS LIDSTROM, BRIAN RAFALSKI)
    6:08

    Canucks 3, Red Wings 6  3rd - 13:52Dec 4 9:41 PM


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    VANCOUVER 3
    DETROIT 5
    3RD PRD: DET - NICKLAS LIDSTROM 3 (MARIAN HOSSA, VALTTERI FILPPULA)
    4:13

    Canucks 3, Red Wings 5  3rd - 15:47Dec 4 9:34 PM
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    VANCOUVER 3
    DETROIT 4
    3RD PRD: DET - DEREK MEECH 1 (KIRK MALTBY, BRETT LEBDA) 15:55

    Canucks 3, Red Wings 4  3rd - 4:05Dec 4 9:32 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    VANCOUVER 1 2 3
    DETROIT 2 1 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: VAN - TAYLOR PYATT 4 (SHANE O'BRIEN, STEVE BERNIER) 1:35
    DET - JIRI HUDLER 10 (TOMAS KOPECKY, VALTTERI FILPPULA) 5:04
    DET - JIRI HUDLER 11 (ANDREAS LILJA) 10:05
    2ND PRD: VAN - (PP) KYLE WELLWOOD 11 (MASON

    Dec 4 9:08 PM


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    VANCOUVER 3
    DETROIT 3
    2ND PRD: DET - DANIEL CLEARY 3 (NICKLAS LIDSTROM, BRIAN RAFALSKI) 9:34

    Canucks 3, Red Wings 3  2nd - 10:26Dec 4 8:50 PM


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    VANCOUVER 3
    DETROIT 2
    2ND PRD: VAN - MASON RAYMOND 7 (ALEXANDER EDLER, SHANE O'BRIEN) 4:13

    Canucks 3, Red Wings 2  2nd - 15:47Dec 4 8:48 PM
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    VANCOUVER 2
    DETROIT 2
    2ND PRD: VAN - (PP) KYLE WELLWOOD 11 (MASON RAYMOND, HENRIK SEDIN)
    1:32

    Canucks 2, Red Wings 2  2nd - 18:28Dec 4 8:38 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    VANCOUVER 1 1
    DETROIT 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: VAN - TAYLOR PYATT 4 (SHANE O'BRIEN) 1:35
    DET - JIRI HUDLER 10 (TOMAS KOPECKY, VALTTERI FILPPULA) 5:04
    DET - JIRI HUDLER 11 (ANDREAS LILJA) 10:05
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- ---

    Dec 4 8:16 PM


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    VANCOUVER 1
    DETROIT 2
    1ST PRD: DET - JIRI HUDLER 11 (ANDREAS LILJA) 10:05

    Canucks 1, Red Wings 2  1st - 9:55Dec 4 7:57 PM


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    VANCOUVER 1
    DETROIT 1
    1ST PRD: DET - JIRI HUDLER 10 (TOMAS KOPECKY, VALTTERI FILPPULA) 5:04

    Canucks 1, Red Wings 1  1st - 14:56Dec 4 7:48 PM


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    VANCOUVER 1
    DETROIT 0
    1ST PRD: VAN - TAYLOR PYATT 4 (SHANE O'BRIEN) 1:35

    Canucks 1, Red Wings 0  1st - 18:25Dec 4 7:42 PM
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