The Detroit Red Wings scored early and often as they steamrolled over Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks, 8-3. It was Luongo's first regulation loss of the season and ended the team's four game road trip at 2-1-1.
Vancouver actually had a 3-2 lead going into the second period but powerplay goals by Daniel Clearly, Henrik Zetterberg and Damien Brunner in that middle frame gave the Wings the momentum going into the third. The Canucks looked interested in coming back - they've come back from being down 2 twice this season - but mid-way through the period Brunner got his second of the game, and tenth of the season, and Vancouver never threatened again.
Roberto Luongo: 8 goals in lopsided loss
Luongo didn't look sharp and his save percentage will take a hit as those 8 goals were scored on 28 shots. Coming off of a shutout in Nashville on Friday night where he had it all going, including stopping a Predator shot he didn't see, on this night, or afternoon, everything went against him. Four Wings' goals were on deflections off of his own defenceman, including one off of Keith Ballard's skate, one off Ballard's stick and one off of Dan Hamhuis' stick.
Jordan Tootoo, Niklas Kronwall and Joakim Andersson with two, rounded out the scoring for Detroit, while Daniel Sedin, with two, and Chris Higgins, in the 500th game of his career, scored for Vancouver. After having his turn at shutting out the Predators Saturday night, Jimmy Howard looked weak in the first but finished strong, stopping 18 shots for the win.
Vancouver returns home to play the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday while Detroit plays in L.A. on Wednesday and in San Jose the following night.