DETROIT – 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.”
Penguins 2, Senators 1 (OT)
In Pittsburgh, James Neal scored at 3:05 of overtime to give the Penguins a victory.
Neal netted his 18th of the season and scored his first goal in nine games for Pittsburgh, which won for the 16th time in 17 home games and is 23-4 at Consol Energy Center. The Penguins also avoided back-to-back regulation losses for the first time since dropping three straight in early November.
Avalanche 2, Devils 1 (OT)
In Newark, New Jersey, Ryan O’Reilly scored a power-play goal 28 seconds into overtime and Colorado rallied to beat the Devils.
The Avalanche forced overtime with 1:47 left in regulation on a goal by PA Parenteau after pulling goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere with 2:30 remaining.
Blue Jackets 4, Ducks 2
In Anaheim, Sergei Bobrovsky made 34 saves, Nick Foligno scored twice in the third period and Columbus also got goals from Ryan Johansen and R.J. Umberger in a victory.
The Blue Jackets are 11-0-3 since Jan. 6, a stretch that began with a franchise-record, eight-game winning streak. Bobrovsky, last season’s Vezina Trophy winner, is 10-2-0 with a 2.17 goals-against average in his last 12 starts after missing 14 games because of a groin strain.
Blackhawks 5, Kings 3
In Los Angeles, Patrick Kane had two goals and an assist, Nick Leddy had a goal and an assist, and Chicago snapped its recent slump with a victory over the struggling Kings.
Marcus Kruger scored the tiebreaking goal on a double deflection in the second period for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who had lost five of six.
Flyers 5, Sharks 2
In San Jose, Matt Read, Michael Raffl and Claude Giroux scored in a span of 2:45 early in the third period to erase a one-goal deficit and lead Philadelphia to its first win over the Sharks since 2000.
Mark Streit and Jacob Voracek also scored and Steve Mason made 20 saves for the Flyers, who had 11 losses and two ties in the series since beating San Jose on Dec. 21, 2000.
Oilers 3, Sabres 2
In Buffalo, Matt Hendricks’ short-handed goal 57 seconds into the third period lifted Edmonton to a win over the Sabres in a matchup of the NHL’s two worst teams.