Abdelkader, Zetterberg score two apiece as Red Wings down Canucks
Vancouver, BC, Canada (4E Sports) – Despite sporting a cut that required eight to 10 stitches to close yesterday, forward Justin Abdelkader still delivered two goals to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks Saturday at Rogers Arena.
Abdelkader’s left foot was cut right through the top of his skate during the Red Wings’ 3-2 overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers Friday, making it hard to even walk the following morning.
“It was all the way down to the bone,” said Abdelkader, blood still oozing through his sock. “It just missed a couple tendons. I got really lucky. Last night it felt pretty good after he numbed it up and it was frozen, but this morning was pretty sore.”
Henrik Zetterberg also scored two goals while Daniel Cleary accounted for the fifth for the Red Wings, who improved to 14-10-5 after winning their second straight game.
The Red Wings also got three assists from Pavel Datsyuk, two from Johan Franzen and one apiece from Valtteri Filppula, Jakub Kindl and Niklas Kronwal while Jimmy Howard stopped 33 of 35 shots.
Alex Burrows scored two goals while Roberto Luongo tallied 21 saves for the Canucks,who lost five of their last seven games to slip to 13-8-6.
The Canucks also fell out of top spot in the Northwest Division. Vancouver is tied with the Minnesota Wild with 32 points, but has fewer wins, dropping the Canucks to seventh in the Western Conference, one point behind Detroit.
Burrows scored the first of his two goals off a set play just six seconds in to set a new franchise record off the opening faceoff but Abdelkader tied the count at the 6:08 mark of the first period.
Datsyuk then helped set up the first of two goals for Zetterberg, who put the Red Wings ahead for good and ended a long drought with his first road goal of the season.
Zetterberg, who hadn’t scored in nine games and only had one his last 21 outings, added another goal off a 3-on-2 rush just 1:20 into the third period for a 3-1 lead.
Cleary then added his sixth goal of the season followed by Abdelkader’s second score of the game. Burrows added a second with 2:38 left in the game.