Impressive start to season

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 9:28 AM ET

Trevor Linden's 300th goal as a Vancouver Canuck was the winner in last night's 3-1 season opening meeting with the host Detroit Red Wings.

It was the Canucks' 20th win in 36 National Hockey League openers. Detroit lost on opening night for the first time since 1998.

Markus Naslund opened scoring with five seconds left in the first period on a "header." Sami Salo's power play shot deflected off the Canuck captain's helmet and landed behind Detroit goaltender Dominik Hasek. Linden scored his milestone goal at 2:25 of the second. He pounced on Josh Green's rebound and put the puck through Hasek's legs. Salo added a power player marker at 5:41.

Detroit, 0-for-9 on the power play, outshot Vancouver 28-17. Henrik Zetterberg was the only Red Wing to beat new Canuck netminder Roberto Luongo, with 4:05 left in the second.

Canucks face Columbus Blue Jackets at 4 p.m. today. (Team 1040/Sportsnet). It'll be Vancouver's first meeting with ex-Canuck Anson Carter and ex-Giant Gilbert Brule. Canucks continue their four-game road trip Sunday against the Colorado Avalanche. Vancouver's home debut is Oct. 13 against the San Jose Sharks.


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