Thomas Greiss made 40 saves to secure the Detroit Red Wings’ lead early in the second period in a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.
Greiss, of Fussen, Germany, was acrobatic in goal and showed some talent with almost every good chance the Canucks had to score. He received a lot of vocal support from the fans.
However, he also received a bit of luck when he needed it. Canucks left winger Justin Dowling hit the far post with a backhand with 7:26 remaining. And, with just 2:31 to go, a redirected slapshot goal was disallowed due to an interference call past Greiss.
Sam Gagner of Detroit scored an empty net with 58 seconds left to provide the two-goal cushion. Vancouver pulled out its goalie with 2:27 left in the third period.
Detroit took the lead, 2-1, with a goal at 6:42 of the second period by right winger Filip Zadina, playing the sniper to the left of Vancouver goalie Jaroslav Halak. Zadina of the Czech Republic fired a receiving shot that Halak couldn’t block with his glove on the short side of the net.
Defenders Moritz Seider and Filip Hronek received assists on the go-ahead score as they passed to Zadina.
Robby Fabbri gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead with a goal at 11:05 of the first period. He redirected a shot from defender Marc Staal past Halak and defender Gustav Lindstrom also received an assist.
It was the first goal of the season for Fabbri, who was in the center of Detroit’s No.1 line in the absence of captain Dylan Larkin.
Larkin was serving a one-game suspension after being sent off in the Red Wings 7-6 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night. He was sent off for taking a match penalty by punching Mathieu Joseph in response to being led headfirst into the boards.
Vancouver tied the game, 1-1, on a power play goal early in the second period by right winger Conor Garland with assists to No. 1 centerline Bo Horvat and left winger Tanner Pearson.
It was Garland’s first goal of the young season, but Detroit regained the lead less than two minutes later thanks to Zadina’s 6:42 half-stop tally.
Greiss made sure the Red Wings remained in the lead shortly after that goal. He came down to make a quick stop on the pads before stifling the rebound with his glove.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS