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Postby kaisy on Wed Sep 11, 2013 1:50 am

VANCOUVER -- Henrik Zetterberg picked a good time to break out of his goal-scoring slump. Zetterberg scored two goals, including the winner, as the Detroit Red Wings downed the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 on Saturday night. "I didnt even think about (the slump)," said Zetterberg, who has still been producing several assists and averaging a point per game. "I think you in Canada are more stat freaks than we are in the States, so its nice to get it going here where you notice it." The Detroit captains goals were his first in 11 games. He had not scored since the Wings thrashed the Canucks 8-3 in the Motor City on Feb. 24. He was happier to see his club, which has been in the unusual position of battling for a playoff spot, get two points. "Weve talked about (the teams lack of productivity) many times this year, and its nice to get a few goals." Justin Abdelkader also scored twice for the Red Wings (14-10-5), and Daniel Cleary supplied a single marker as they posted their second road win in two nights. "I think that was the first time in my career that I scored two goals and (the puck) didnt even touch my stick," said Abdelkader, who saw the disc go in off his skate and chest, respectively. Abdelkader considered himself fortunate just to play after he suffered a cut on his foot in Edmonton the night before. The cut required eight to 10 stitches to close. "I just got my skate fixed (Saturday) morning, and came back for the game and didnt know if I would be able to play or not," he said. Pavel Datsyuk also had a banner night for the victors, recording three assists. Alex Burrows scored both of Vancouvers goals. His first, which came just six seconds into the contest, was the fastest game-opening goal in Canucks history. Zetterberg made amends for losing the opening face-off to Henrik Sedin prior to Burrows quick goal. "We wanted (Henrik Sedins) line to play against Zetterberg, and they did a real good job in the first period and part way through the second," said Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault. "In the third period they had Datsyuk going out there and Hank had a tough time against that line. Their top players were obviously a little bit better than ours." Vancouver outshot Detroit 35-26. The Wings went 1 for 3 on the power play while the Canucks were blanked on six man-advantage opportunities. The Canucks lost for the first time in three games as they were denied in their quest to avenge an 8-3 loss to the Red Wings in Detroit on Feb. 24. Burrows opened the scoring following the opening face-off as he took a cross-ice pass from Daniel Sedin and wired the puck just inside the post behind Jimmy Howard from the top of the right face-off circle. The goal was the first for Burrows in 11 games. He broke Trevor Lindens previous record for Vancouvers fastest game-opening goal -- nine seconds -- set against Anaheim on Jan. 16, 1994. The goal was the fourth-fastest in NHL history. But the Canucks generated few dangerous opportunities afterwards, despite outshooting Detroit by a wide margin in the first 30 minutes. "It was a tough start, especially in this building," said Howard. "You dont want to give them momentum like that, because it can get pretty loud really quick. "So I thought we did a great job in responding and not letting it get us down." After Abdelkader created a 1-1 tie at 6:08 of the first period, Jannik Hansen had a chance to draw the Canucks even on a penalty shot about three minutes later, after he was hauled down on a breakaway by Abdelkader. But the Canucks winger clanked his shot off the corner of the post and crossbar after beating Howard. "I decided to go with the poke check," said Howard. "I dont know if that threw him off or what, but he hit the post." Zetterbergs second goal increased Detroits lead to 3-1 just 1:20 into the third period as he whipped Valtteri Filppulas pass behind Roberto Luongo on a two-on-two with Vancouver defenceman Kevin Bieksa rushing to get back after he was caught out of position. The Red Wings scored more than three goals for the first time since they shellacked the Canucks, and have now outscored the Canucks 13-5 this season. Howard was at a loss to explain why the Wings are able to score so liberally against Vancouver. But he hopes the win will rejuvenate his club, which has battled numerous injuries, as the playoffs draw closer. "Weve had a lot of ups and downs," said Howard. "Hopefully, we can find a little bit more of an even keel out there now -- instead of some peaks and valleys." Notes: The Canucks lost winger David Booth to a leg injury in the final minute of the first period. He left the building on crutches with his left leg in a walking boot. ... Earlier Saturday, the Canucks signed Kellan Lain, a six-foot-six, 220-pound centre out of Lake Superior State. The 23-year-old Oakville, Ont., native recorded 16 points (8-8-16) and 111 penalty minutes in 32 games during his third and final collegiate season. ... Detroit winger Patrick Eaves played his 400th NHL game. ... The Canucks wore Vancouver Millionaires replica jerseys in honour of the team that toiled between 1912 and 1922 in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. ... The Red Wings have lost defenceman Kyle Quincey indefinitely to a fractured cheekbone suffered Friday in Edmonton. Ian White took his place in the lineup. ... Booth needs one more point for 200 in his career. ... Vancouver winger Zack Kassian sat out with a recurring lower-back injury that flared up Friday and bothered him again Saturday. Calvin Johnson black Jersey . They beat Orlando four times this season and are 17-0 against teams that were under . Calvin Johnson pink Jersey . Over the last decade, just two of the 13 teams that had the best regular season record - or tied for the best mark - went on to win the Super Bowl: the 02 Buccaneers and the 03 Patriots. The last eight teams to enter the playoffs with the best record bowed out before they could put their fingerprints on the Lombardi Trophy and revel in a rain of confetti. . A memo sent Monday by Commissioner Roger Goodell to ownership, front-office personnel and coaches says: "Please ensure that this document is made available to all players and staff. Calvin Johnson Womens Jersey . -- Canadas Cam Levins capped a memorable 2012 in style on Wednesday. womenscalvinjohnsonjersey . The veteran goalie was simply speaking from the heart, he said, pointing to his chest as he sat in front of his locker on Monday after a morning skate.Now that the CBA has been ratified by NHL owners, the New York Rangers have to decide how to proceed with Wade Redden. In the old CBA, it wasnt too difficult to figure out. Because a player could be "buried" in the minors and not count against the teams NHL salary cap, sending Redden to the AHL farm team in Hartford was simple and easy. Out of sight, out of mind, off the salary cap. But theres a provision in the new CBA that doesnt allow the hiding of NHL contracts in the minors, save the first $900,000. So Redden, with a cap hit of $6.5 million in each of this season and next, means the Rangers are now faced with using valuable cap space on a player who is not remotely part of coach John Tortorellas plans. So now what? The Rangers actually have three options but probably only one that makes sense. It would be nice for the Rangers to entirely get rid of Reddens cap hit this season and next but whats behind Door No. 1 isnt an attractive option. That is, give up an asset or assets (draft picks and/or prospects) as inducements to get another team with lots of cap space to take Redden in a trade. The Rangers wont like that because they dont want to deplete any future considerations on what amounts to a housekeeping matter for them. Door No. 2 would be to send Redden to the AHL, absorb his $5 million-plus cap hit this season, which they have room for because teams can spend to $70M this season, and then use a compliance buyout this summer to erase the problem for next season.dddddddddddd Compliance buyouts do not count against the salary cap. But that route is fraught with peril. If Redden were to get hurt in the AHL this season and the injury carried over to the summer, an injured player cannot be bought out. Were that to happen, the Rangers could get saddled with Reddens full $6.5M cap hit next season and under no circumstances can they allow that to occur. Next years cap shrinks to $64.3M and it would be a disaster if the Rangers had to account for Reddens $5M+ instead of having no cap hit on a compliance buyout. Which bring us to Door No. 3. The only other option for the Rangers is to take Reddens cap hit this season but not play him. Not in New York. Not in the AHL. Not anywhere. Put him in bubble wrap, cold storage and call it a year. Make sure his cheques show up on time and wait for the compliance buyout period this summer and cut all ties. The Rangers are still reviewing the new CBA but sometime before training camps open on Sunday theyll have to come to terms with whats behind one of the three doors. It would seem obvious which door theyll choose. ' ' '
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