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Burrows, Canucks end Red Wings’ streak at 23 in shootout

Feb 23, 2012, 10:38 PM EDT

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The biggest critique of the Detroit Red Wings’ record-breaking home winning streak is that it was bolstered by shootout wins. With that beef in mind, it only makes sense that the skills competition ended what it seemingly extended, as the Vancouver Canucks topped them 4-3 (SO).

Detroit held three one-goal leads on Thursday but Vancouver fought back each time. Daniel Sedin had two of those tallies, with his game-tying one being the most dramatic. Justin Abdelkader made it 3-2 with a bit more than 6 minutes left but Sedin knotted it up with just 16 seconds remaining.

To the chagrin of many Red Wings fans, the shootout was decided by an Alex Burrows winner, who celebrated by pretending to break his stick over his knee. (That’s straight-up metaphorical, folks.) Burrows was the only guy who managed to beat either netminder in the shootout.

Interesting nugget: the highest number of PHT readers tabbed this contest as the one that would end the Red Wings’ streak.

One other side thought: will some pundits question Mike Babcock’s decision not to start Joey MacDonald, who was on quite the streak to help the Red Wings finish the feat in the first place? It’s a pretty dopey thing to ask, but I’d wager that sentiment is floating around somewhere.

Ultimately, the streak had to end. It wasn’t all bad news for Detroit as they at least got a charity point for their troubles while Kyle Quincey scored in his Red Wings debut. Still, plenty of fans will wonder “How long could have it gone if Sedin didn’t score that goal?”

  1. polegojim - Feb 23, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Great game and Congrats to the Canucks. They were the better team for 2 of 3 periods

    But…it was without Datsyuk…and with the help of a horrible icing call with 6 seconds left.

    That said, the game was everything we expected!

    Great Job RED WINGS!!!

    • vanchuk - Feb 24, 2012 at 12:59 AM

      It was a great game, as all Detroit Vancouver games seem to be. But the icing call was almost a mirror image of one at the other end of the ice shortly before. Lidstrom dogged it just as much as Salo… It’s just one of those calls that respected veterans get. They’re allowed to let up on those late in games.

      Incredible streak though, love the way that the Wings play and it’s good to see that style of play rewarded with something like this.

  2. taytay099 - Feb 23, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    Seems like every Vancouver vs. Detroit game is one of the best games of the regular season.

    • polegojim - Feb 23, 2012 at 10:43 PM

      Definitely – too bad they can’t play in the Stanley Cup Finals.

      • t16rich - Feb 24, 2012 at 12:48 AM

        Worst part about Stanley Cup and NBA finals. Regular season baseball highlights take over the next week.

  3. polegojim - Feb 23, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    PS – no matter who would have won, I dislike the shoot out. It’s not team hockey.

    Play the game until we get a winner, period. Go 4/4 or whatever.

    • bensawesomeness - Feb 23, 2012 at 11:33 PM

      I’ve heard speculation of maybe doing 5 minutes of 3/3 after the 5 minutes of 4/4, more as an idea, not like an immediate change, do you think that’d help?

      • AppealToReason - Feb 23, 2012 at 11:39 PM

        I’d rather just 4 on 4 for 10 minutes. Still represents something that happens in a game. 3v3 is some video game crap.

      • polegojim - Feb 23, 2012 at 11:48 PM

        Yes, absolutely better.

        Team sports = W/Ls decided by a ‘team’.

      • bigtganks - Feb 24, 2012 at 2:34 AM

        I used to think that until a Canucks game a few weeks ago that was in ot and there were two quick back to back penalties and was quickly 3×3 for 1:55 or so and lemme tell you, it was AWFUL hockey. Oddly enough too much space and whoever possessed the puck controlled it way too easily. It was around 45 seconds each side and was just awful to watch.

        I say 10 min of 4×4 and then as bad as the above 3×3 was do a 5 min 3×3. Then a shoot out.

  4. t16rich - Feb 23, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Great icing by Bertuzzi in the final minute and even greater shootout shot by him. Wake up folks. Gillis has Todd working under the table!!!! No coincidence Todd gets a new 2 year deal the day Gillis arrives in town.

    • polegojim - Feb 23, 2012 at 11:45 PM

      HORRIBLE icing call, period.

      • t16rich - Feb 24, 2012 at 12:40 AM

        Nope. Just watched the 3rd period over on Sportsnet, and Todd was more lazy on that play than Salo was. Good call.

      • bigtganks - Feb 24, 2012 at 2:37 AM

        Bert can’t put it that deep. He has only himself to blame.

        Reg or OT, has Bert ever scored on Luongo since the big trade?

      • chibimike - Feb 24, 2012 at 10:11 AM

        I can’t believe Salo suckered the linesman like that. They showed the replay, Salo is catching up to the puck, then starts swinging his arms really wide and his speed cuts in half as he chases the puck in slow motion.

      • polegojim - Feb 24, 2012 at 8:29 PM

        and you too evidently… Anybody who’s ever seen Salo skate knows it. I can swing my arms while standing still.

  5. bensawesomeness - Feb 23, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Woulda loved to have seen Pavel in the lineup for Detroit, but a good game overall

  6. hockinj25 - Feb 23, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Great game, too bad to see the wings lose. Questionable icing at the end, Salo looked liked he slowed down a bit.

    • polegojim - Feb 23, 2012 at 11:46 PM

      Salo dogged it and the puck slowly slid past the line. Just a poor call.

  7. babar61 - Feb 23, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Great game. Detroit has been the most stable, consistent, and just the best franchise in the past 20 years or so years. Happy the Canucks ended the streak. Detroit vs Vancouver is always a great game to watch.

  8. craigmaitland - Feb 23, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Thank goodness Burke is in Toronto. Canucks are so good. They controlled most of this game was nice to see them comeback and win.

  9. trumpetranger - Feb 23, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Red Wings without Pavel and the game went to a shootout. I think the Wings can now focus on the stretch run and the playoffs.

  10. kitshky - Feb 24, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    I wonder if the same Wings fans that are complaining about the shootout complained when the shootout got them to 23 home wins in a row… (I’m just winding ya up I agree, let em play till they win it)

    Great game as expected, the icing call wasnt that atrocious (happens in almost every game that tight) both Lu and Howard were awesome tonight … aaannnd I’m pretty sure we should all sign a petition that the Wings and Nucks have to play at least once a month.

  11. bigtganks - Feb 24, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    Wow. Just wow!!! Luongo was stellar in the SO! Unbelievable!!!

  12. banshee950 - Feb 24, 2012 at 7:24 AM

    clash of the freakin’ titans! great game, right on the heels of the the B’s/Blues, great week for the NHL. good job both teams. sad to see the streak end, but at least it was in a solid game and not some flukey crap goal. Still, I hate the shootout and I’d be happy to go back to no OT winner=tie.
    I think the SO is also “some video game crap” made for tv highlights and it devalues the excitement and impact of the penalty shot. I know it will never happen though since the NHL can’t market a game with ties to most of the US.

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