DETROIT — Justin Abdelkader scored early in the second period and again in the final seconds while Jimmy Howard finished off a shutout that Jonas Gustavsson started for the Detroit Red Wings in a 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night.
Two goalies combined on a Red Wings shutout for the first time since Oct. 27, 2001, when Manny Legace and Dominik Hasek did it in a 1-0 win at Nashville, according to STATS.
Gustavsson started and stopped all eight shots he faced in the first period, but didn’t return to play because of dizziness. Howard had 16 saves.
Canucks coach John Tortorella returned from his 15-day suspension Monday night.
Tortorella was punished without pay for his conduct after a brawl in a game against the Calgary Flames. He went to Calgary’s locker room following the first period, which began with several fights.
“I apologize first and foremost to the players for the situation I put them in, to the organization for my stupidity, to the league,” Tortorella told reporters after the team’s morning skate. “It’s been embarrassing and not just for me, but for everyone around me.”
NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell said Tortorella’s actions were “dangerous and an embarrassment to the league” when the suspension was announced.
TRADE: The Montreal Canadiens shipped defenseman Raphael Diaz to the Canucks for forward Dale Weise.
The 28-year-old Diaz had 11 assists and 12 penalty minutes in 46 games for the Canadiens this season. He has 41 points (four goals, 37 assists) and 48 penalty minutes in 128 career games.
DUCKS: Recalled defenseman Sami Vatanen from their AHL affiliate in Norfolk.