Daniel Sedin scored twice and Roberto Luongo made 39 saves, leading the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-1 win over the Red Wings at Detroit last night.
The Western Conference-leading Canucks have won eight of nine and have built a 10-point lead over second-place Detroit with eight games left in the regular season.
The Red Wings, who are atop the Central Division, are in an 0-2-1 slump and are 4-4-3 this month.
Sedin scored off Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom’s skate at 6:31 of the second period, giving Vancouver a two-goal lead with a power-play one-timer against stickless goalie Jimmy Howard.
Jiri Hudler’s power-play goal off a rebound with 8:22 left pulled the Red Wings within a goal.
Howard made 31 saves.
Sedin clearly doesn’t need luck to score, but he was fortunate on both of his goals.
He pushed the puck across the front of the crease and it caromed off Lidstrom’s skate and slid between Howard’s pads in the first period. Howard had no shot to stop Sedin’s second goal — a sharp shot from the top of the right circle — because the goalie lost his stick going from post to post.
Hudler took advantage in his return after missing three games because of an upper-body injury. He made it 2-1 when he banged in a loose puck that Luongo couldn’t control.
Blackhawks 4, Panthers 0 — Corey Crawford made 23 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, and Brent Seabrook and Patrick Kane had a goal and assist each to lead host Chicago over Florida.
Viktor Stalberg and Tomas Kopecky also scored for Chicago, which got two assists each from Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith. Crawford, who made his 18th straight start, had to block only a few tough chances to post his fifth career shutout.
Tomas Vokoun stopped 27 shots, but the Panthers were shut out a second straight night.
Sharks 6, Flames 3 — Patrick Marleau and Torry Mitchell each scored twice and host San Jose closed in on second place in the West by beating sliding Calgary, which lost for the sixth time in seven games.
Andrew Desjardins added his first career goal, and Logan Couture also scored for the Pacific Division-leading Sharks, who have won four straight following a three-game skid to move 1 point behind Detroit for second in the conference. San Jose also increased its division lead over Phoenix to 3 points.
Ducks 4, Stars 3 — Teemu Selanne scored the tying goal with 5.4 seconds left in regulation and Cam Fowler netted the winner 1:42 into overtime to give visiting Anaheim a comeback victory over Dallas, pushing its winning streak to four.
Fowler scored on a two-on-one break and beat Kari Lehtonen to push the eighth-place Ducks 1 point ahead of Dallas for the eighth spot in the West.