DETROIT (AP) — Two goalies combined on a Detroit Red Wings shutout for the first time since the 2001-02 season, when they went on to hoist the Stanley Cup.
"Maybe it's a good omen," Jimmy Howard said after finishing off a shutout that Jonas Gustavsson started in a 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night.
Justin Abdelkader scored early in the second period and again in the final seconds after Howard made 16 saves over the final two periods and Gustavsson stopped eight shots in the first.
Howard also stopped David Booth's penalty shot in the second.
It was the first time Detroit had a combined shutout since Oct. 27, 2001, when Manny Legace and Dominik Hasek did it in a 1-0 win at Nashville, according to STATS.
Gustavsson started, but couldn't play in the second or third 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 NHL for his conduct after a brawl in a game against the Calgary Flames. Tortorella went to Calgary's locker room following the first period, which began with several fights.
"What's happened was deserved," Tortorella said. "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."
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 brother, Daniel, extended their goal-scoring droughts to 16 games. That matches the longest stretch of games the Sedins have played without either one of them scoring since 2002, according to STATS.
"Obviously, they're a big part of their team," said Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg, who will team up with the Sedins for Sweden at the Olympics. "If you keep them in check, you have a good chance of winning the game."
The Red Wings wanted to rest Howard, who had played two straight games following a four-game absence after aggravating a left knee injury, but he was forced into action.
Howard helped Detroit keep its slim lead early in the second period when he denied Booth's penalty shot.
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