There was plenty working against the Vancouver Canucks on Friday.
Playing the fourth game of their six-game road trip, and on back-to-back nights, the Canucks entered Detroit to play the Red Wings carrying the baggage of three losses in a row, shut out defeats in two of those games, and without captain Henrik Sedin due to a lower-body injury.
That was on top of Vancouver’s offensive struggles that involved numerous players mired in slumps. It looked for a while like that would continue in Detroit.
But the Canucks did eventually capitalize on their chances, survived a frantic overtime, which has been a weakness this season, and defeated the Red Wings 4-3 after a seven-round shootout.
Linden Vey, waived at the beginning of the season and recalled from the AHL Utica Comets with the Sedin injury, scored the winner.
Sven Baertschi scored to bust a 13-game drought. He finished with two points. Jared McCann, 19, busted a 14-game scoring drought with his goal in the first period. Radim Vrbata, who had previously gone four games without a point, had a goal and an assist.
The weirdest part of Friday’s win, though, is what it did for the Canucks in the Pacific Division.
With a 12-14-8 record, they’re now fourth in the division, one point back of San Jose for second and a playoff position.