Final

Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Monday, October 10th
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Red Wings2
Game 2: Sunday, November 13th
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Canucks4
Game 3: Thursday, January 26th
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Game 4: Sunday, March 19th
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Canucks 4

(2-0-1, 5 pts)

Red Wings 2

(3-1-0, 6 pts)

7:30 PM ET, October 10, 2005

Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

1 2 3 T
VAN 0 2 24
DET 1 0 12

H. Sedin (Canucks - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

A. Carter (Canucks - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

M. Samuelsson (Red Wings - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Battle of unbeatens: Vancouver tops Detroit

DETROIT (AP) -- The Vancouver Canucks found a way to win a sloppy game.

Anson Carter scored with 8:46 remaining to break the final tie and Vancouver went on to a 4-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night.

Mathieu Schneider

AP Photo/David Duprey

Detroit's Mathieu Schneider (right) tries to slow down Vancouver's Daniel Sedin, but the Canucks eeked out a 4-2 anyway.
AP Photo/David Duprey

Vancouver (2-0-1) remained unbeaten while handing Detroit (3-1-0) its first loss of the season.

Stationed in the slot, Carter one-timed Henrik Sedin's pass from behind the net past Red Wings goalie Manny Legace for the game-winner.

"It was a great play by the twins (Henrik Sedin took a pass from his twin brother, Daniel)," Carter said. "For me, pretty easy. Just put it in the net. ... A nice little saucer pass right on my stick."

Henrik Sedin had a goal and two assists for Vancouver, while Matt Cooke and Richard Park scored for the Canucks. Park's goal was into an empty net with two seconds remaining.

"All in all, it was a good effort, a gritty effort," Vancouver coach Marc Crawford said. "We stuck with it."

Mikael Samuelsson for his fourth goal in four games and Tomas Holmstrom also scored for Detroit.

"I thought we were a step behind all night long," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said.

Vancouver goalie Alex Auld made 28 saves and Legace stopped 25 shots.

Auld stopped a few shots in a goal-mouth flurry with less than 30 seconds left as Detroit desperately tried to tie it before Park's empty net goal.

"I just felt the puck hit me I don't know how many times," Auld said. "I heard one of my defensemen yell, 'It's still loose!' and then somebody shot it down the ice."

Holmstrom tied it 2-2 3:25 into the third period when he jammed the puck in from the crease.

Cooke tied the game at 1 on a breakaway goal at 7:04 of the second. Henrik Sedin gave Vancouver the lead with 1:56 left in the period, when he put a shot over a sprawling Legace from the bottom of the right circle with Auld out of the net for the extra attacker as a penalty was being called on Red Wings defenseman Andreas Lilja.

Detroit was 0-for-6 on the power play, including two two-man advantages. The Red Wings came into the game with the league's top power play at 34.7 percent. It produced five goals in Sunday night's win over Calgary.

"We just didn't seem to be able to get anything settled," Detroit defenseman Mathieu Schneider said. "We seemed to be a couple of inches off (on passes) all night."

Samuelsson opened the scoring 3:50 into the game, when he stuffed a shot past Auld from the side of the net after picking up the loose puck behind the cage.

Game notes


Babcock said captain Steve Yzerman, who has been out with a groin injury, will make his season debut on Thursday in Los Angeles. ... Canucks C Brendan Morrison's streak of 351 consecutive games is the second-longest current run, three behind Colorado's Karlis Skrastins. ... Detroit D Niklas Kronwall underwent successful ACL surgery in Aspen, Colo., on Monday. He's expected to be out four-to-six months. He was injured in an exhibition game.

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