Canucks Rally Past Wings, Howard's 36 Saves
Detroit Red Wings.com
DETROIT- After forty minutes of play, it appeared the Red Wings were in a solid position to end their four game losing skid.
The Wings entered the third period with a 2-0 lead over the Vancouver Canucks, but back-to-back penalties, one late in the second period (with one second left on the clock) and the other early in the third period gave the Canucks new life propelling them to score five unanswered goals enroute to a 5-2 victory over the Detroiters, Tuesday night at Little Caesars Arena.
It was the Wings fifth consecutive defeat and the first time since they suffered a 11-6 loss to Philadelphia on February 23, 1988 that the Red Wings lost by 3+ goals when holding a two-goal lead after two periods of play.
Entering the game, the Wings penalty kill was 25th overall in the NHL at a success rate of 72 percent, however, they were perfect at home killing all eight penalties in their first three games.
But they surrendered two power play goals in a span of 1:21 early in the third period which tied the game and swung momentum clearly Vancouver's way.
If there is a bit of solace for the Wings, it's their power play ended an 0 for 8 drought by scoring two power play goals.
Anthony Mantha (5-on-3 power play) and Dennis Cholowski (4-on-3 power play) scored for the Wings, while Canucks captain Bo Horvat notched a hat trick (two power goals and one empty netter), with Jake Virtanen and Tim Schaller picking up the other tallies for Vancouver.
Ogdensburg's Jimmy Howard (1-4-0) took the loss for the Red Wings, but once again kept his team in the game stopping 36 of the 40 shots fired by the Canucks for a .900 save percentage.