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- Updated: February 3, 2014
DETROIT — On Monday, Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella returned to the club after serving a 15-day suspension for his role in an altercation against the Calgary Flames back on January 18. During his absence, his team struggled, losing their last three games and four of six while away from the team.
Before Monday’s road game against Detroit, Tortorella spoke to the media. During his media appearance, he was somber, apologizing to the team and organization, while admitting having a rough two weeks away from coaching.
“I let a lot of people down,” he said. “I have to make amends here by getting back at this. I’m going to be who I am. I just can’t go off the rails as I did.”
While hoping to spark his team with his return, the Canucks struggled to get their offense and power-play going. Failing to score on all five power-play attempts, Vancouver was shut out by Detroit, 2-0.
Justin Abdelkader picked up his seventh goal of the season to start the second period, getting past Roberto Luongo with a wrist shot just 1:01 in the period. Goalie Jimmy Howard replaced Jonas Gustavsson to begin the second period after he was dealing with dizzyness, and finished the shutout for the Red Wings with 16 saves, 13 of which came in the second period.
Vancouver was left without chances to get shots on goal, only getting 24 total shots on net during the game, including only three shots in the third period. All ready shorthanded, the Canucks pulled Luongo to go 5-on-5 late in the third period in a last attempt to tie the game late, but instead gave up a second goal by Abdelkader in the empty net to seal the win for Detroit.
The win was the Red Wings’25th on the season, helping climb to 62 points and in the wild card position for the eastern conference, despite being fifth in the Atlantic division. As for the Canucks, their fourth straight loss Monday keeps them in the second wild card position for the western conference.
Tortorella and the Canucks will look to stop their four-game skid in the middle of their current five-game road trip at Boston Tuesday.
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