When the Detroit Red Wings took on the Vancouver Canucks Monday night, both teams seemed to be on a level ground. Both have been hit with injuries that have really affected their lineup, and both teams have been fighting each and every game to maintain a spot in this year’s playoffs. With the playoffs only two months away, it’s getting down to the nitty gritty, but the Red Wings saw to it to wrench victory from the Canucks’ hands.
Although the Canucks were banking on luck with head coach John Tortorella back behind the bench upon his return from a six-game suspension, luck didn’t seem to be on their side offensively. With shots 30-25 in favor of the Red Wings, it wasn’t as if the Canucks were not trying to get past the tag-team goaltending of Jimmy Howard and Jonas Gustavsson. The Red Wings’ defense and special teams were just a bit stronger.
The Red Wings gave the Canucks many chances to score by giving them seven power play opportunities, but the Canucks could not follow through. The Red Wings’ special teams was on top of their game on Monday night, and it really helped them to maintain a lead through the entire 60 minutes of the game.
The Red Wings’ defense and special teams were also successful since they were getting so much help in net from first Gustavsson and later Howard whom brought the shutout win home. Taking so many penalties could have broke another team, but the Red Wings took it in stride and fought for their win over the Canucks Monday night.