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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.

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.