Without Roberto Luongo, the Vancouver Canucks (14-6-2) were able to come from behind and win the game in overtime 3-2. Despite outshooting the Canucks 40-16 in regulation, the Wings couldn't finish off the 'Nucks and didn't even get a shot off in OT. As a result, the Wings snagged five of the six possible points this trip and head home with a day off before facing the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.
Unsurprisingly, the Canucks game-winning goal came 2:33 in OT while on the power play due to a Johan Franzen interference penalty. Sami Salo's shot ended the Wings' five-game winning streak. Detroit is now 10-1-2 on the road. While five out of a possible six points isn't bad, it certainly was frustrating to see the Wings lose another game when they had the lead with less than five minutes remaining in the game.
Pavel Datsyuk and Mikael Samuelsson scored Detroit's goals. Detroit was without Dan Cleary, Tomas Holmstrom, and Chris Chelios, but Valtteri Filppula was able to play (he was a game-time decision because of the flu-like symptoms). With these key absences, the Wings have turned to the likes of Tomas Kopecky, Kirk Maltby, and Andreas Lilja to step up and I'm surprised to say they actually have. Lilja, who is the scapegoat for many Wings' fans, actually has five assists in the last four games!
In other news, the Wings have played Chris Osgood in 13 of the first 20 games this season. As a result, we should start seeing Ty Conklin get some more ice time as the Wings want to make sure Osgood is fresh for the postseason. As we learned last year, it really helped Ozzie make it through the grueling two-month playoffs and the end result was great. Plus, Conklin has been playing great so there's no harm in giving him some more playing time, right?