Canucks cruise past Red Wings
DETROIT -- Sven Baertschi scored his first two goals of the season, and Derek Dorsett scored his fourth goal in the past three games as the Vancouver Canucks downed the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Sunday.
Jake Virtanen added the final goal for Vancouver. Anthony Mantha had the only tally for Detroit.
The Canucks (4-3-1) improved to 3-1-0 on their five-game road trip, while the Red Wings (4-4-1) fell to 0-3-1 in their past four games.
Dorsett snapped a 1-1 tie 8:30 into the second period with his team-leading fifth goal. Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard got a glove on Dorsett's breakaway shot, but the puck bounced over Howard, hit him in the back of the left leg and rolled into the net.
Baertschi made it 3-1 with his second goal of the night, intercepting a clearing attempt by Wings defenseman Xavier Ouellet and whipping a shot past Howard at 13:39 of the second period.
The margin was increased to 4-1 with 24.7 seconds left in the second frame. Daniel Sedin fed Virtanen on a two-on-one. Howard stopped Virtanen's first shot, but Virtanen drove the rebound into the net.
The Canucks opened the scoring at 14:34 of the first period. Bo Horvat's shot toward the Wings net deflected off the stick of Detroit's Dylan Larkin right to Baertschi, who cut around Howard (33 saves) and stuffed the puck home. Brock Boeser also assisted on the goal, giving the Canucks' rookie forward six points in as many games.
Mantha tied the score at 18:28 of the first. Mantha took a pass from Gustav Nyquist and ripped a high snapshot from the of the left faceoff circle into the top corner on goalie Jacob Markstrom's glove side.
Markstrom finished with 20 saves.
NOTES: The Red Wings will play seven of their next eight games on the road, beginning with Tuesday's game at Buffalo. .... Detroit D Danny DeKeyser (sprained ankle) missed his sixth straight game and is not expected to play Tuesday. ... Red Wings LW David Booth was a healthy scratch. Booth played for the Canucks from 2011-14. ... C Scott Wilson, acquired Saturday from the Pittsburgh Penguins, made his Red Wings debut. ... Canucks LW Thomas Vanek posted 15-23-38 numbers last season in 48 games for Detroit. ... The Canucks returned D Patrick Wiercioch to AHL Utica. ... Canucks D Erik Gudbranson returned from a one-game NHL suspension for checking from behind. ... Canucks D Alex Edler (sprained MCL) and LW Loui Eriksson (knee) are both on injured reserve. ... C Michael Chaput and D Alex Biega were healthy scratches for Vancouver.