Canucks clipped by Wings

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 9:10 AM ET

Vancouver Canucks are pointless as they approach the halfway point of their longest road trip of the season.

Last night's 2-1 loss to the Red Wings in Detroit was their third defeat since Monday's 4-0 shutout by the St. Louis Blues.

Red Wing Brendan Shanahan scored the winner on the power play with seven minutes left in the third period. Jason Woolley and Steve Yzerman assisted.

That broke a tie that stood since 11:03 of the second period. Niklas Lidstrom scored a power-play slap shot with help from Robert Lang and Mathieu Schneider.

Canucks were first on the scoreboard at 13:10 of the opening period thanks to Anson Carter's backhand goal. Daniel Sedin and Mattias Ohlund recorded assists.

Canucks' goaltender Alex Auld was pulled for the extra attacker with exactly a minute to go. Detroit netminder Manny Legace saved a Todd Bertuzzi tip-in, and Ohlund shot wide with five seconds remaining.

Canucks only managed four shots on Legace in each of the first and third periods. They had seven in the second. Auld, meanwhile, was peppered with 35 Red Wings shots.

It doesn't get any easier for the Canucks. They travel to Denver to meet the Colorado Avalanche tomorrow night (7 p.m., CKNW/ Hockey Night in Canada). It'll be the fourth test of a seven-game road trip.


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