Canucks keep on rolling

VANCOUVER 2, DETROIT 1

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DETROIT --- Daniel Sedin scored twice and Roberto Luongo made 39 saves, leading the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo makes one of his 39 saves against Detroit center Darren Helm on Wednesday.   Associated Press
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Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo makes one of his 39 saves against Detroit center Darren Helm on Wednesday.

The Western Conference-leading Canucks have won eight of nine and have built a 10-point lead over second-place Detroit with eight games left in the regular season. The Red Wings, who sit atop the Central Division, are in an 0-2-1 slump and are 4-4-3 this month.

Sedin, the NHL scoring leader with 95 points, has at least one in nine consecutive games.

He scored off Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom's skate at 6:31 of the second period, giving Vancouver a two-goal lead with a power-play one-timer against stickless goalie Jimmy Howard.

Jiri Hudler's power-play goal off a rebound with 8:22 left pulled the Red Wings within a goal.

Howard made 31 saves.

Sedin clearly doesn't need luck to score, but he was fortunate on both of his goals.

He pushed the puck across the front of the crease and it caromed off Lidstrom's left skate and slid between Howard's pads in the first period. Howard had no shot to stop Sedin's second goal -- a sharp shot from the top of the right circle -- because the goalie lost his stick going from post to post.

Hudler took advantage in his return after missing three games because of an upper body injury. He made it 2-1 when he banged in a loose puck that Luongo couldn't control.


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