Wings' home win streak ends at 23


Wings' home win streak ends at 23

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DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Red Wings took advantage of the shootout to win three times during their NHL-record, 23-game home winning streak. Detroit's good fortune in the one-on-one duels ran out and its run ended against the Vancouver Canucks. Alex Burrows scored the only goal in a shootout, which was made possible when Daniel Sedin scored his second goal of the game with 15.4 seconds left in regulation, to lift Vancouver to a 4-3 win over the Red Wings to snap their streak that lasted three-plus months. "It's disappointing it had to end like this," Detroit's Justin Abdelkader said. Detroit hadn't lost at Joe Louis Arena since Nov. 3 against Calgary, breaking the previous single-season mark of 20 shared by the 1929-30 Boston Bruins and 1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers. "It's nice that we're the team that ended the streak," said Burrows, who lifted a backhander over Jimmy Howard when he went low. "It's remarkable to win that many games in a row on home ice." The Red Wings extended their run at home with three wins in shootouts -- a way to break ties that wasn't possible before the 2005-06 season -- but their coach said that didn't diminish the feat. "I don't care what era, it was just a real good run for the Red Wings that set us up in a good situation playoff-wise," Mike Babcock said. The NHL-leading Red Wings hold a one-point lead over Vancouver in the Western Conference. The Canucks have won a league-high 21 games on the road this season. A sold-out crowd stood during the shootout, which started with Roberto Luongo stopping Jiri Hudler's shot and Howard going low to smother David Booth's attempt. Henrik Zetterberg missed the net on Detroit's second attempt and Alexander Edler was denied on the ensuing opportunity. Todd Bertuzzi, who signed a two-year extension with the Red Wings earlier in the day, couldn't put his team ahead and Burrows took advantage of a chance to end the game -- and the streak. "It was an intense game with a playoff atmosphere," Luongo said. Luongo made 33 saves and Howard had 40. Detroit was 16 seconds from getting the win in regulation, but the Canucks pulled Luongo to have an extra skater in the Red Wings' end for a faceoff. On the next sequence, Sedin took a slap shot from the slot that Howard never saw after his teammates failed to clear the puck when it was behind the net. "We wanted to prove we could beat them on the road," Sedin said. "It was a good pass and a good screen in front of the goalie." Abdelkader scored with 6:14 left in the third period to give Detroit a 3-2 lead -- 20 seconds after Vancouver's Cody Hodgson tied the game. Newly acquired defenseman Kyle Quincey scored to put Detroit ahead 6:05 into the third period and Darren Helm had a goal 11:16 into the game to give the Red Wings a 1-0 lead. The Canucks refused to let the Red Wings get comfortable with the lead all night. Sedin tied it at 1 at 13:34 of the second and Hodgson tied it again, getting credit for a goal that went in off the right skate of Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall. Detroit led 1-0 after the first period despite being outplayed. Vancouver outshot the Red Wings 17-5 in the first, but defenseman Kevin Bieksa had the puck poked away by Helm and his fluttering wrist shot got past Luongo at 11:16. Detroit didn't do much with three power plays in the first, going scoreless and getting only one shot combined with an extra skater. "We got skated into the ground in the first period," Babcock said. "They played better for longer than us and they won the game." The Red Wings looked out of sync, missing playmaking center Pavel Datsyuk for a second game. Datsyuk, the team's leading scorer, is expected to be out for two weeks after having right knee surgery Tuesday. "The best player in the world, any time he goes out, you're going to miss him," Abdelkader said. "It's a big void." Sedin tied the game at 1 at 13:34 of the second. Detroit outshot the Canucks 15-8 in the second period, but had nothing to show for it. The Red Wings created more chances in the third period, especially when Abdelkader swiped at a puck in the crease that Luongo didn't cover, but they couldn't find a way to win again in the Motor City. "For us to come in here and play well and show that we can beat them means a lot," Burrows said. "But there's a lot of work ahead and if we face them in the playoffs, it will start 0-0." NOTES: Bertuzzi, a former Canucks forward, signed a two-year deal worth just more than 4 million. ... Vancouver tied the series at 2 in the final scheduled game against Detroit. ... Quincey played in the first game of his second stint with the Red Wings, who drafted him in 2003. They acquired Quincey for a first-round pick and prospect Sebastien Piche from Tampa Bay on Tuesday in a three-team trade with Colorado.

Last-second field goal helps Gophers avoid embarrassment vs. Rutgers


Last-second field goal helps Gophers avoid embarrassment vs. Rutgers

Minnesota got its win over Rutgers on Saturday, just as everyone predicted.

But no one saw the Gophers blowing an 18-point lead and needing a go-ahead field goal with six seconds left to avoid what would've been an embarrassing fall-from-ahead defeat at the hands of the Big Ten's worst team.

Minnesota had a 21-3 lead after a quarter, but Rutgers stormed back behind new starting quarterback Gio Rescigno and took a 32-31 lead with four minutes to go. But Emmit Carpenter sent one through the uprights with six seconds left on the clock to re-grab the lead and give the Gophers a win ... barely.

The Knights entered this one with just 14 combined points in four Big Ten contests, out-scored in those games by a whopping 174-14 margin. And it looked like it would be another blowout loss for Rutgers as Minnesota jumped out to that big lead, getting first-quarter touchdown runs from Shannon Brooks, Rodney Smith and Mitch Leidner.

Rescigno, installed as the new starter this week by head coach Chris Ash, threw his first touchdown toss of the game in the second quarter, but the Knights still trailed by double digits at the break.

Huge plays defined the third quarter. Rescigno hit Andre Patton from 37 yards out in the first minute of the second half before Minnesota added a field goal. When Damon Hayes intercepted Leidner and took it back 55 yards for a score, it appeared Rutgers had come all the way back, but the Knights were unsuccessful on their two-point conversion try, keeping it a one-point Minnesota lead. And then Smith put the Gophers back in front by a full touchdown with a 94-yard return touchdown on the ensuing kickoff.

Rescigno threw another touchdown a few minutes into the fourth quarter but failed again on the two-point conversion, trimming Minnesota's lead to two, and David Bonagura's field goal with four minutes to play gave Rutgers its first lead of the day at 32-31.

But immediately following that kick, the Gophers went on a 13-play, 59-yard drive that chewed almost four minutes off the clock and ended in Carpenter's kick to retake the lead for Minnesota and give it the win.

The Gophers racked up nearly 400 yards of offense, gaining 243 yards on the ground thanks 111 yards from Smith and 87 yards from Brooks.

Rescigno was a mixed bag in his first start, completing 22 of his 38 passing attempts for 220 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Rutgers running back Justin Goodwin had 97 yards rushing.

The win sent Minnesota to 5-2 on the season ahead of next weekend's game at Illinois.

The loss dropped Rutgers to 2-6 on the year, with an 0-5 mark in Big Ten play. The Knights play Indiana in two weeks.

Watch: Kyle Queiro's one-handed interception is absolutely amazing (and he predicted it)


Watch: Kyle Queiro's one-handed interception is absolutely amazing (and he predicted it)

Things are getting a little freaky in the Northwestern secondary.

For the third time this season, a Wildcat defensive back tweeted prior to a game "thanks for the INT" and then hauled in an interception.

The latest is certainly the greatest, though. Kyle Queiro one-upped Michigan defensive back Jourdan Lewis with a jaw-dropping interception of Indiana quarterback Richard Lagow on Saturday. It was a one-handed catch sure to make Odell Beckham Jr. proud.

Take a look:

Goodness gracious.

And here's Queiro's tweet from Friday night calling his shot.

On top of all that social-media prognosticating that's been happening this season for the group of defensive backs, Queiro's pick wasn't even the first highlight-reel interception from Saturday's game.

Montre Hartage had his own one-handed snag of a Lagow pass that was an eye-popper before Queiro's took the top spot.

Check that one out:

Not a bad day for the Northwestern DBs.