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Canucks double up Red Wings

2/25/2004

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- If Daniel Sedin wasn't
feeling good about himself before, he is now.

Sedin scored all four Vancouver goals to lift the Canucks to a
4-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night. The
23-year-old Swedish winger completed his first career hat trick
with 6:58 left, giving the Canucks a 3-2 lead, then added his
fourth into an empty net with 34 seconds left.

Sedin has nine goals and 14 points in his last nine games.

"If you don't get more confidence from this, I don't know when
you'll get confidence," Sedin said.

On the go-ahead goal, Todd Bertuzzi dropped the puck between his
legs at center ice to Henrik Sedin, who quickly snapped a pass to
his identical twin streaking down the right wing. Daniel cut behind
Detroit defenseman Jiri Fischer and drove to the net on his
backhand, then flipped the puck over Manny Legace on his forehand.

"I didn't think at all," said Sedin, adding that he hadn't scored
four goals since he was 11 or 12 years old. "I just tried to get
it to the net and was lucky the goalie went down."

Daniel opened the scoring on a nifty deflection at the side of
the net in the first period and tied it 2-2 on a one-timer from
the slot midway through the second. He hit the crossbar with 3:44
left before scoring into the empty net.

"When he's hot, he's hot," said Canucks defenseman Marek Malik
after setting up the first two goals. "He seemed to be in the
right place at the right time. Good things happen. He's got talent
for sure. It looks like today was his day."

Defenseman Nolan Baumgartner also had two assists, and Dan Cloutier made 31 saves for the Canucks. They won for just the third time in 10 games to close within three points of Colorado in the Northwest Division and to four behind Detroit for top spot in the Western Conference.

All three wins come against top teams -- the Canucks also beat
Colorado and New Jersey -- while six of the seven recent losses have
been against non-playoff teams.

"Now we know we can win if we work hard against any team in the
league," Daniel said. "I think that's the recipe now, to work
hard."

Henrik Zetterberg and Kris Draper scored for the Red Wings, who
were playing for the second straight night. They tied the Oilers 1-1 Monday in Edmonton.

The Wings seemed to tire a little in the third period, especially
after losing veteran defenseman Chris Chelios to a shoulder injury
late in the second.

"With Chelly going down in the second period, we were down to
five defensemen, and we spent a lot of time in our own end," said
Nicklas Lidstrom. "I thought that made us more tired."

Chelios appeared to injure his left shoulder when Bertuzzi fell
on him after a faceoff in the Red Wings' end. The 42-year-old
defenseman lay on the ice in obvious pain while a trainer attended
to him. He left the ice clutching his left arm and
went to the dressing room.

Detroit coach Dave Lewis said Chelios was day-to-day but
"probably won't play in Calgary on Thursday night."

"I don't know what the term is, it's like a strain or
something," Lewis said. "We re going to wait till tomorrow and
see how he feels."

Legace made 26 saves as the Red Wings lost for just the second
time in the last 12 games. He wasn't happy about Sedin's third
goal.

"The goal I let in kind of deflated everything," Legace said.
"I have to make those saves in tight games, in big games like
this."

Sedin opened the scoring, but the Red Wings converted their
first two chances with the power play against Vancouver's
top-ranked penalty kill.

Zetterberg was alone in front for a fortuitous bounce off the
leg of Brett Hull late in the first period.

Draper gave the Red Wings a 2-1 lead with a shot from the top of
the left circle that bounced off defenseman Bryan Allen as he tried
to block it and beat a screened Cloutier.

Sedin tied it again midway through the second period, just
seconds after Baumgartner shot wide after deking
out Legace on a breakaway. Malik pounced on the loose puck behind
the net and fed Sedin streaking to the goal for a one-timer between
Legace's legs.

Game notes
Injured Detroit G Curtis Joseph (sprained ankle) took
part in the morning skate, but Marc Lamothe dressed as the backup.
... Detroit tough guy Darren McCarty fought Allen, who broke
Zetterberg's leg with a slash earlier in the season. ... Canucks
captain and scoring leader Markus Naslund skated by himself Tuesday
morning for the first time since suffering a concussion last Monday
in Colorado, but no timetable has been set for his return.