Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Maxim Lapierre scored the winner in the third
round of the shootout as the Vancouver Canucks took a 2-1 win over the Detroit
Lapierre stickhandled his way down low and lifted a backhand over Jimmy Howard
and Cory Schneider made a save on Damien Brunner's shot to preserve the win.
With the win, Vancouver clinched a playoff spot, as did idle Los Angeles, and
the Canucks hold a six-point lead over Minnesota for first place in the
Northwest Division and third in the Western Conference.
Alexander Edler scored the lone goal of the game while Schneider made 33 stops
for the Canucks, who had lost three of four coming in.
Detroit, meanwhile, is fighting to keep from being locked out of the playoffs
for the first time since 1990. With 48 points, the team is one back of
Columbus for the eighth spot in the Western Conference.
Cory Emmerton scored the only goal while Howard made 13 saves for the Red
Wings, who have dropped five of their last six games.
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