Vancouver is shut out in coach Tortorella’s first game back after suspension
The Vancouver Canucks had coach John Tortorella, who had been suspended, behind their bench and forward Henrik Sedin on the ice after each missed six games but they lost 2-0 in Detroit.
The Associated Press
DETROIT – Two goaltenders combined on a Detroit Red Wings shutout for the first time since the 2001-02 season, when the team went on to hoist the Stanley Cup.
“Maybe it’s a good omen,” Jimmy Howard said after finishing a shutout Jonas Gustavsson started in a 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night.
Justin Abdelkader scored early in the second period and added an empty-net goal in the final seconds after Howard made 16 saves over the final two periods.
Gustavsson stopped eight shots in the first but didn’t play the last 40 minutes of the game because of dizziness.
“I guess he’s fine,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said.
The Canucks had coach John Tortorella behind their bench and forward Henrik Sedin on the ice after both missed six games.
Tortorella was suspended for 15 days by the league for his conduct after a brawl in a game against the Calgary Flames. Tortorella tried to enter Calgary’s locker room after the first period, which began with several fights.
“What has happened was deserved,” an apologetic Tortorella said of being suspended. “I hope it makes me a better coach, but it certainly doesn’t stop the situations I’ve put a lot of other people in, especially my other coaches. I want to move past it.”
The Canucks were 2-4 in Tortorella’s absence and The Vancouver Sun quoted him as saying, “I think we need to develop more consistently a mental toughness about a lot of things we do.”
Sedin had been out since he was unable to finish the Jan. 18 game against Calgary because of an upper-body injury.
He and his twin, Daniel, extended their goal-scoring droughts to 16 games. That matches the longest stretch of games the Sedins have played without either of them scoring since 2002, according to STATS.
“We looked like a slow hockey team tonight,” Tortorella said. “We’re going to keep banging and trying to get better. ... It worries me, it really worries me.”
• Vancouver traded forward Dale Weise, 25, to Montreal for defenseman Raphael Diaz, 28.