Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 2/3/12
Seriously…Shootouts The Detroit Red Wings rode their patented combination of speed and skill to overcome Ryan Kesler and the Vancouver Canucks in a 4-3 shootout victory Thursday at Rogers Arena. Kesler and the Canucks proved they can play with the best the Western Conference has to offer, but were unable to maintain an up-tempo style of play for a full sixty minutes against the Red Wings. Despite Roberto Luongo’s best efforts to keep his team in the game during regulation, the Red Wings relied on their skill to win easily in a shootout. The Hat Trick Kesler Converts Ryan Kesler pounced on a rebound in the first period to pull his team even with the Red Wings but was unable to will the Canucks to victory in final forty minutes. Kesler and his teammates came up with another terrible second period on Thursday, managing only three shots in the middle frame as Detroit took over the hockey game. The Red Wings generated 15 shots including Jiri Hudler’s 17th goal of the season that gave Detroit
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